Definition of grow
1a : to spring up and develop to maturityb : 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 (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>
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>
growerplay \ˈgrō(-ə)r\ noun
growinglyplay \ˈgrō-iŋ-lē\ adverb
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.
Origin and Etymology of grow
Middle English, from Old English grōwan; akin to Old High German gruowan to grow
First Known Use: before 12th century
GROW Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of grow for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of grow for Students
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.>
5 : become 1 <Grandma is growing old.>
6 : to cause to grow : raise <I grow tomatoes.>
: to become more appealing over time
: to become an adult
Medical Definition of grow
intransitive verba: to spring up and develop to maturityb: to be able to grow in some place or situationc: 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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