\ˈgrōn \

Definition of grown 

1 : fully grown : mature grown men and women

2 : covered or surrounded with vegetation land well grown with trees

3a : cultivated or produced in a specified way or locality used in combination shade-grown tobacco

b : overgrown with used in combination a weed-grown patio

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Synonyms & Antonyms for grown


green, leafy, lush, luxuriant, overgrown, verdant


barren, leafless

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Examples of grown in a Sentence

It's a job that requires a grown man. a field lavishly grown with poppies

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In many cases, the early family separations have manifested themselves in trauma not only for the grown children, but also their parents. Rick Noack, Washington Post, "Families used to be split up in East Germany, too. It caused lifelong trauma.," 30 May 2018 Families on the mainland have been calling their grown children, asking them to move back to the Pacific Northwest or Southern California. Scott Wilson, Anchorage Daily News, "The earth cracked open. Walls of lava encroached. That’s just life on a Hawaiian volcano.," 20 May 2018 Selia Garcia, 57, was a single mother of six grown children, who brought her family from the Mexican state of Michoacán. azcentral, "Into the water," 15 May 2018 The waitstaff is like your best friend’s grown children, with Howe in butterfly mode, gliding from table to table checking on details. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "Review: Outlaw Kitchens sets a neighborly table in Alta Vista," 5 Apr. 2018 Granny Smith, Fuji and Honeycrisp apples are anticipated to weigh in as third, fourth and fifth most grown varieties, respectively. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Red Delicious no longer America's most grown apple," 6 Sep. 2018 The White House Boys, as a group of grown men now call themselves — kept one of the institution's most shameful secrets for half a century: what was done to them inside a squat, dark, cinder-block building called The White House. Carol Marbin Miller, miamiherald, "A painful reunion at school of horror," 11 July 2018 This is a great place to start, because Paul Rudd has always been a surly teen banished to a grown man's body, with the mannerisms of a 5-year-old (who can relate?). Joshua Rivera, GQ, "Ant-Man and the Wasp," 5 July 2018 If that happens, American buyers may purchase even more American-grown product. Alex Soderstrom, ajc, "Georgia farmers face uncertainty as crop tariffs loom," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of grown

1645, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of grown was in 1645

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English Language Learners Definition of grown

: no longer a child


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Kids Definition of grown

: having reached full growth : mature

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a knickknack or trinket

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