\ 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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Carolina and Yoli also are the despised stepsisters of Santiago’s two grown children, who still mourn the death of their mother, the soul of the hotel. Jeanne Jakle,, "San Antonio actress checks into Eva Longoria’s ‘Grand Hotel’," 11 June 2019 Sticky, a Nintendo 64 controller, lives in a box of old cords that a grown man named Jason steadfastly refuses to throw away. Wes Marfield, The New Yorker, "Pixar Movies for Grownups," 21 June 2019 Unwritten rules exist in baseball to give grown men an excuse to act like boys. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Kiszla: Is baseball such a boring game the Rockies and Cubs have to start a rock fight to prove their manhood?," 12 June 2019 Cut to a grown man (that’s me!) on a London sidewalk near tears. Christopher Muther,, "Our travel writer had so much bad luck on a recent trip, he cried on a sidewalk," 12 June 2019 Tatis, who benefits from infield mate Manny Machado assisting with the mental load, had an intense ramp-up to this season, playing in the Dominican winter league against grown men and then earning the job in spring training. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: What’s up with Padres? Thoughts on Tatis, possible Yates trade & more," 7 June 2019 There is no innocent reason for a grown man to possess nude photos of young girls. Amy Dickinson, The Denver Post, "Ask Amy: Couple saw something, but won’t say something," 5 June 2019 There is no innocent reason for a grown man to possess nude photos of young girls. Amy Dickinson, The Mercury News, "Ask Amy: Couple saw something but won’t say something," 5 June 2019 There is no innocent reason for a grown man to possess nude photos of young girls. Ask Amy,, "Ask Amy: This ‘some type of fetish thing’ sounds more like a crime," 5 June 2019

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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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