grow out of


: to develop or come from (a source)
The project grew out of a simple suggestion.
This new theory grew out of their earlier research.
: to become too large for (a certain size of clothing)
He quickly grew out of his clothes.
: to stop doing or having (something) because one is older and more mature
She hoped to grow out of her bad habits.
He's wild now, but he'll grow out of it.

Examples of grow out of in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If the damage wasn’t too extensive, plants will grow out of herbicide injury over time. Miri Talabac, Baltimore Sun, 19 June 2023 Because cancer cells are normal cells that mutate to grow out of control, directing the body to destroy these cells is a risky endeavor with potentially dangerous outcomes. Alice Park, Time, 29 Nov. 2021 Suárez’s new multi-genre exploration has given her the ability to grow out of her comfort zone and experiment creatively. Josh Chesler, SPIN, 9 June 2023 Tiny ragworms burrow into them, while glass sponges, which use silicon to build their eerie, crystal-like skeletons, grow out of them. Dino Grandoni, Anchorage Daily News, 26 May 2023 Hodgkin's lymphoma is a type of cancer in which white blood cells called lymphocytes grow out of control, causing swollen lymph nodes and growths throughout the body and affecting the body's immune system, according to the Mayo Clinic. Kimberlee Speakman, Peoplemag, 11 May 2023 Nevertheless, the bill’s introduction serves as a major landmark for an industry trying to grow out of its Wild West phase. Andrew R. Chow, Time, 7 June 2022 The dances and costumes — really wearable sculptures — grow out of the traditions of Carnival as it is celebrated in the Caribbean. Danica Kirka, ajc, 4 June 2022 When an excess of nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus accumulate in a body of water, algae can grow out of control. Marisa Sloan, Discover Magazine, 18 Apr. 2022

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“Grow out of.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2024.

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