\ ˈgrōn How to pronounce grown (audio) \

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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This version of Roswell will see the characters a bit more grown up than their high school portrayals in the original, with the first episode of the reboot including a 10-year high school reunion. Marilyn La Jeunesse, Teen Vogue, "Most Anticipated TV Shows of 2019," 27 Dec. 2018 Some are full-grown women in suits and sneakers or heels or nurse’s uniforms or smocks with CVS name tags pinned on. Kimberly Cutter, Marie Claire, "New York City Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen Is Making Her Hometown the Best Place on Earth for Women," 24 Oct. 2018 One of his two grown daughters dabbles in the sport and his Australian son-in-law, Nick Cooper, won gold at the 2018 Australian pickleball nationals. Jen Murphy, WSJ, "A Tennis Purist Who Became a Pickleball Pro," 19 Jan. 2019 Yes, according to a relative of one of my brothers-in-law who wishes to remain anonymous, who has been using it for about six years with her family of three grown daughters and their significant others and kids. Robin Tribble, Popular Mechanics, "How to Use Apple's Find My Friends App Like a Pro," 13 Nov. 2018 Alexander is a full-time homemaker who has been married for 39 years and has four grown children and nine grandchildren. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "This Conservative Blogger's Chart Shaming Working Moms Predictably Sparks Outrage," 14 Dec. 2018 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

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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


\ ˈgrōn How to pronounce grown (audio) \

Kids Definition of grown

: having reached full growth : mature

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