grow·​ing ˈgrō-iŋ How to pronounce growing (audio)
: increasing in size or amount
growing children
a growing number of wealthy residents
growing success
: becoming greater in prevalence, popularity, or influence
a growing trend
a growing controversy
Mr. Moseley and others like him are on the front lines of a growing battle for control of the shop floor.Alex Kotlowitz
: of, relating to, or being the period during which something (such as a plant) grows or matures
ideal growing conditions
Peel color may vary and is dependent upon night temperatures during the growing season.M. McDevitt Rubin
Researchers are, in fact, on the verge of field-testing … a new tomato designed to meet a set of cannery specifications for shorter growing cycle …Jack Fincher

Examples of growing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Although the Indian media and entertainment market is seen as dynamic and growing, investment in the content market has already been slowed by hesitancy around the corporate activities, by the global corporations’ woes and by re-evaluations of content priorities in India. Patrick Frater, Variety, 1 Mar. 2024 Amid the battle against climate change, there’s an important and growing effort to address the potential job loss created by the decline of the fossil fuel industry. IEEE Spectrum, 12 Feb. 2024 Libs of TikTok has now taken on a large and growing role in the nation’s culture wars. David Ingram, NBC News, 7 Feb. 2024 Online child abuse is an acute and growing problem. Maureen Flatley, National Review, 25 Jan. 2024 Hotels and a micro-community Homelessness is a persistent and growing problem in Denver as in many metro areas across the United States. Sarah Matusek, The Christian Science Monitor, 16 Jan. 2024 However, the system’s warehouse-scale data centers, which are jam-packed with computers and servers that move and store billions of data, require a large and growing amount of electricity. Mark J. Perry, Washington Examiner, 12 Jan. 2024 Investors are trying to capitalize on the relatively small — but loyal and growing — audience for the sport. Oct. 24, 2023Updated 1:47 p.m. Santul Nerkar, New York Times, 24 Oct. 2023 Next Step Produce starts the rice in a greenhouse and then transplants it, allowing for more growing days so the farm can grow higher-yield varieties. Sophie Hills, The Christian Science Monitor, 19 Oct. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of growing was before the 12th century

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“Growing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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