grow

verb
\ ˈgrō How to pronounce grow (audio) \
grew\ ˈgrü How to pronounce grew (audio) \; grown\ ˈgrōn How to pronounce grown (audio) \; growing

Definition of grow

intransitive verb

1a : to spring up and develop to maturity
b : to be able to grow in some place or situation trees that grow in the tropics
c : to assume some relation through or as if through a process of natural growth ferns growing from the rocks
2a : to increase in size by assimilation of material into the living organism or by accretion of material in a nonbiological process (such as crystallization) The tree grew to an immense size.
b : increase, expand grows in wisdom
3 : to develop from a parent source the book grew out of a series of lectures
4a : to pass into a condition : become grew pale
b : to have an increasing influence habit grows on a person
c : to become increasingly acceptable or attractive didn't like it at first, but it grew on him

transitive verb

1a : to cause to grow grow wheat
b : to let grow on the body grew a beard
2 : to promote the development of start a business and grow it successfully— J. L. Deckter

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Other Words from grow

grower \ ˈgrō(-​ə)r How to pronounce grower (audio) \ noun
growingly \ ˈgrō-​iŋ-​lē How to pronounce growingly (audio) \ adverb

Is grow a transitive verb?

Some people feel queasy when encountering grow used transitively (as in “grow the economy”). While it may grate on the ears of many, grow has existed as a transitive verb for hundreds of years, initially in relation to such things as crops, then to facial hair and the like, and finally to a small variety of other things (such as a business or the economy). The transitive form of grow sounds peculiar to many people, and you may certainly avoid using it, but it is wrong to state, as some do, that it is always improper or that it does not exist.

Examples of grow in a Sentence

The city is growing rapidly. The list of chores to do this weekend keeps growing. She grew intellectually and emotionally in her first year at college. It's wonderful to see how she has grown as a person since going to college. It can be hard to watch our children change as they grow. He's still just a growing boy.
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Recent Examples on the Web The preparations are in part a measure of how China growing economic heft has expanded its global reach and fueled tourism world-wide. Alistair Macdonald, WSJ, "Coronavirus Concerns Spread Faster and Further Than Pathogen," 10 Feb. 2020 The fury that has erupted over the Hampton attack reflects a growing trend across the nation of recently elected progressive prosecutors drawing the ire of local police departments as well as some top federal officials. Marco Della Cava, USA TODAY, "Some new prosecutors are anti jail, and it's angering police who warn approach will lead to chaos," 9 Feb. 2020 January’s decline in mortgage rates coincided with the growing awareness of the threat of a new coronavirus that could spread from person to person, first identified in the Chinese city of Wuhan. cleveland, "February mortgage outlook: Rates at three-year lows," 9 Feb. 2020 Ethiopia has one of the world’s fastest growing economies. Declan Walsh And Somini Sengupta Graphics By Jeremy White Photographs By Laura Boushnak, New York Times, "For Thousands of Years, Egypt Controlled the Nile. A New Dam Threatens That.," 9 Feb. 2020 Fast-growing sectors include the category that covers transportation, warehousing and utilities, and the category that includes and leisure and hospitality. Mike Rogoway | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Oregon Insight: State’s economic growth accelerates, outpacing national rate," 9 Feb. 2020 They are angered by a growing dependence on automated systems that are taking humans and transparency out of the process. Adam Satariano, BostonGlobe.com, "An algorithm that grants freedom, or takes it away," 8 Feb. 2020 For a President presiding over a growing economy and low unemployment, Trump’s disapproval ratings remain high, but incumbents with not much better numbers have gone on to win a second term. Steve Coll, The New Yorker, "What Matters Most in the Battle Between Trump and Pelosi," 7 Feb. 2020 If approved, Lake Placid would join a growing list of resort areas tackling the issue. CBS News, "Small town New York is an example of Airbnb's effect on housing," 7 Feb. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'grow.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of grow

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for grow

Middle English, from Old English grōwan; akin to Old High German gruowan to grow

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The first known use of grow was before the 12th century

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12 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Grow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/grow. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for grow

grow

verb
How to pronounce grow (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of grow

: to become larger : to increase in size, amount, etc.
: to become better or improved in some way : to become more developed, mature, etc.
: to become larger and change from being a child to being an adult as time passes : to pass from childhood to adulthood

grow

verb
\ ˈgrō How to pronounce grow (audio) \
grew\ ˈgrü \; grown\ ˈgrōn \; growing

Kids Definition of grow

1 : to spring up and develop to maturity
2 : to be able to live and develop Most algae grow in water.
3 : to be related in some way by reason of growing The tree branches have grown together.
4 : increase entry 1, expand The city is growing rapidly.
5 : become sense 1 Grandma is growing old.
6 : to cause to grow : raise I grow tomatoes.
grow on
: to become more appealing over time
grow up
: to become an adult

Other Words from grow

grower noun

grow

verb
\ ˈgrō How to pronounce grow (audio) \
grew\ ˈgrü How to pronounce grew (audio) \; grown\ ˈgrōn How to pronounce grown (audio) \; growing

Medical Definition of grow

intransitive verb

1a : to spring up and develop to maturity
b : to be able to grow in some place or situation
c : to assume some relation through or as if through a process of natural growth the cut edges of the wound grew together
2 : to increase in size by addition of material by assimilation into the living organism or by accretion in a non-biological process (as crystallization)

transitive verb

: to cause to grow grew bacteria in culture

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