\ ˈgrōth How to pronounce growth (audio) \

Definition of growth

1a(1) : a stage in the process of growing : size
(2) : full growth
b : the process of growing
c : progressive development : evolution
d : increase, expansion the growth of the oil industry
2a : something that grows or has grown a growth of willows
b : an abnormal proliferation of tissue (such as a tumor)
c : outgrowth
d : the result of growth : product Protestantism was a relatively recent growth.
3 : a producing especially by growing fruits of his own growth
4 : anticipated progressive growth especially in capital value and income some investors prefer growth to immediate income

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Examples of growth in a Sentence

He had a growth spurt when he was 16 years old. She's concerned that the medication might slow her child's growth. He discovered a substance that promotes the growth of new blood vessels. The city has undergone explosive growth in recent years. He sees his college years as an opportunity for personal growth. It's important to prune the bush every year to encourage new growth. Their profits have averaged five percent growth in the last four years. The tree has an average annual growth of almost a foot. a thick growth of underbrush
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The latest confirmation on the critical role of managers and the expansion of projectization also coincide with the growth of a diverse, highly skilled agile workforce of independent executives and specialists. Jody Greenstone Miller, Quartz at Work, "Hire the manager, access the skills," 10 July 2019 Out on a Limb celebrates diversity while entertaining and expanding the horizons of patrons and contributing to the cultural and economic growth of the community, according to the press release. Emily Sorensen, Pomerado News, "Scripps Ranch Theatre hosting eighth annual play festival," 10 July 2019 The idea, called tsukemen, fueled the growth of the Taishoken restaurant group, which has extensive locations throughout Japan. Linda Zavoral, The Mercury News, "Japan’s Taishoken Ramen sets opening date for first U.S. restaurant in San Mateo," 9 July 2019 An antiviral drug called remdesivir and another antibody treatment called ZMapp both inhibited the growth of the virus strain in human cells in laboratory studies, according to the paper published in the medical journal Lancet Infectious Diseases. Katie Hunt, CNN, "Experimental Ebola treatments effective in lab study," 9 July 2019 Despite the international growth of the women's game and more nations becoming competitive at the top level, the gap between the U.S. and everyone else might actually have grown. Gentry Estes, The Courier-Journal, "Through controversy and competition, U.S. women's soccer showed it's best," 8 July 2019 But 'double-headers' risk doing more damage than good for the growth of domestic women's football in this country if those fans who have supported it until now are suddenly priced out of it., "Why FA Plans for WSL 'Double-Header' Fixtures With Men's Games Are a Bad Idea," 8 July 2019 One of our favorite trends in the biking world is the growth of rail trails, former railroad tracks converted into family-friendly bike and pedestrian paths. Outside Online, "5 Fun Things to Do on Sunday," 8 July 2019 In 2003, Foudy and activist Donna de Varona, a gold-medalist swimmer at the 1964 Olympics, single-handedly prevented the gutting of Title IX, the federal law that gave birth to the growth of women’s sports. Ann Killion,, "US women carry on legacy from 1999 World Cup: ‘This is how we envisioned it’," 6 July 2019

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First Known Use of growth

1557, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

History and Etymology for growth

see grow

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English Language Learners Definition of growth

: natural increase in size
: the process of forming or developing something
: an increase in the number, amount, or size of something


\ ˈgrōth How to pronounce growth (audio) \

Kids Definition of growth

1 : a stage or condition in increasing, developing, or maturing The tree reached its full growth.
2 : a natural process of increasing in size or developing growth of a crystal
3 : a gradual increase the growth of wealth
4 : something (as a covering of plants) produced by growing


\ ˈgrōth How to pronounce growth (audio) \

Medical Definition of growth

1a(1) : a stage in the process of growing
(2) : full growth
b : the process of growing
2a : something that grows or has grown
b : an abnormal proliferation of tissue (as a tumor)

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