grow

verb
\ ˈgrō How to pronounce grow (audio) \
grew\ ˈgrü How to pronounce grow (audio) \; grown\ ˈgrōn How to pronounce grow (audio) \; growing

Definition of grow

intransitive verb

1a : to spring up and develop to maturity
b : to be able to grow in some place or situation trees that grow in the tropics
c : 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 pale
b : to have an increasing influence habit grows on a person
c : to become increasingly acceptable or attractive didn't like it at first, but it grew on him

transitive verb

1a : to cause to grow grow wheat
b : 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

Other Words from grow

grower \ ˈgrō(-​ə)r How to pronounce grow (audio) \ noun
growingly \ ˈgrō-​iŋ-​lē How to pronounce grow (audio) \ adverb

Is grow a transitive verb?

Some people feel queasy when encountering grow used transitively (as in “grow the economy”). While it may grate on the ears of many, grow has existed as a transitive verb for hundreds of years, initially in relation to such things as crops, then to facial hair and the like, and finally to a small variety of other things (such as a business or the economy). The transitive form of grow sounds peculiar to many people, and you may certainly avoid using it, but it is wrong to state, as some do, that it is always improper or that it does not exist.

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Of course, over the course of six or so weeks, your natural hair continues to grow — and the tape-ins will migrate further away from your roots. Dianna Mazzone, Allure, 13 May 2022 More Salt Lake County restaurants will be allowed to let customers bring their dogs along for patio dining, as a popular program continues to grow. Stefene Russell, The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 May 2022 Future has been one of the most consistently visible artists in hip-hop since his national breakout in the early 2010s — and by all indications, even a decade into his career, his star only continues to grow. Billboard Staff, Billboard, 10 May 2022 The list of her accomplishments on the tennis court is impressive as Urhobo’s resume continues to grow. Emmett Hall, Sun Sentinel, 6 May 2022 And a new report from Chainalysis published on Thursday morning shows that NFT activity has stabilized in 2022, but NFT transaction volume continues to grow, despite fluctuating month to month. Taylor Locke, Fortune, 5 May 2022 The circular economy continues to grow in unexpected areas like kids’ bikes thanks to the work of founders like Alexandra Rico-Lloyd, 26. Iain Martin, Forbes, 3 May 2022 But as the sea lion population continues to grow, this personalized service may become less viable. Nell Lewis; Video By Hazel Pfeifer, CNN, 3 May 2022 Black bears are becoming increasingly common in Connecticut as the population continues to grow and expand, according to the state's Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. CBS News, 2 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of grow

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for grow

Middle English, from Old English grōwan; akin to Old High German gruowan to grow

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More Definitions for grow

grow

verb
\ ˈgrō How to pronounce grow (audio) \
grew\ ˈgrü \; grown\ ˈgrōn \; growing

Kids Definition of grow

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.
4 : increase entry 1, expand The city is growing rapidly.
5 : become sense 1 Grandma is growing old.
6 : to cause to grow : raise I grow tomatoes.
grow on
: to become more appealing over time
grow up
: to become an adult

Other Words from grow

grower noun

grow

verb
\ ˈgrō How to pronounce grow (audio) \
grew\ ˈgrü How to pronounce grow (audio) \; grown\ ˈgrōn How to pronounce grow (audio) \; growing

Medical Definition of grow

intransitive verb

1a : to spring up and develop to maturity
b : to be able to grow in some place or situation
c : 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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