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 tropicsc : 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 paleb : to have an increasing influence habit grows on a personc : to become increasingly acceptable or attractive didn't like it at first, but it grew on him
1a : to cause to grow grow wheatb : 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.
Recent Examples of grow from the Web
Versace grew up in Reggio Calabria, Italy, watching his mother make dresses, according to a New York Times obituary.
Kris Kobach defended his attempt to obtain a nationwide collection of voter information in both a court filing and a White House statement as criticism continued to grow over his request.
Summer months are the harvest season for blueberries and blackberries, both of which have the potential to grow very well in Kentucky.
About half of those affected are children, according the group, and with no end in sight to the fighting there, the number of those fleeing is likely to grow.
Amber Priddy, an Elkton resident who grew up in Havre de Grace, watched the parade go by.
As the series' popularity grew, so did Christopher Milne's resentment of it.
Founded in 1973, the company survived the Great Recession and has grown during the recovery by expanding from its original business: project management.
That said, the little white Ralph & Russo dress seen here felt infinitely grown-up.
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Origin and Etymology of grow
Middle English, from Old English grōwan; akin to Old High German gruowan to grow
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
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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