: fully grown : mature
grown men and women
: covered or surrounded with vegetation
land well grown with trees
: cultivated or produced in a specified way or locality
used in combination
shade-grown tobacco
: overgrown with
used in combination
a weed-grown patio

Examples of grown in a Sentence

It's a job that requires a grown man. a field lavishly grown with poppies
Recent Examples on the Web The couple’s grown children are not interested in continuing the long family tradition. Laura Fornell, The Christian Science Monitor, 27 Mar. 2024 However, a grown man does not engage in inappropriate text messages to a teenager. Kat Tenbarge, NBC News, 27 Mar. 2024 Like, this is a huge sacrifice for a grown woman to make. Breanne L. Heldman, Peoplemag, 22 Mar. 2024 Editor’s picks Now, the Kid’s a grown man, living in the big city. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 12 Mar. 2024 Frasier spent the next two decades as a talk show host in the Windy City, but now that has wrapped, and he’s moved back to Boston to reconnect with his grown son, Freddy (Jack Cutmore-Scott), and nephew David (Anders Keith). Michael Schneider, Variety, 22 Feb. 2024 On the last page, Rash’s son is a grown man, and sits next to his dad, who is bald with a gray beard. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, 21 Mar. 2024 The duo mostly spent time with three of their grown children, tucking into Wolfgang Puck's famed chicken pot pie at a private table. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, 11 Mar. 2024 In Maestro, Bradley Cooper explores the sexuality of conductor Leonard Bernstein, while in Poor Things, Emma Stone plays a grown woman with a baby's brain who is discovering her sexuality. TIME, 5 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1645, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of grown was in 1645

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“Grown.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/grown. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: fully grown : adult
a job for a grown man

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