\ˈgrōth \

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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Overall, the economy, especially job growth, is strong and that is clearly translating into a purchase market. Kathy Orton,, "Mortgage rates settle in for the summer," 12 July 2018 The company made a multi-year deal with Activision Blizzard Inc., which owns Overwatch, to air the matches, another sign of the industry’s growth. Courtney Becker,, "Philadelphia Fusion trounces Boston in first esports playoff game in Overwatch League," 12 July 2018 Uber calculated that rapid growth was the best defense against regulators who were often resistant to change. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Uber wins back its right to operate in London," 26 June 2018 Executives said Friday that the asset cap hasn’t had a big impact on its growth plan so far. Peter Rudegeair, WSJ, "Wells Fargo Reports Profit Fall Amid Regulatory Issues," 13 July 2018 Under them the Canadian company has embarked on a three-pronged growth strategy. The Economist, "Despite falling foul of the #MeToo movement, Lululemon is soaring," 12 July 2018 Randy Velarde, president and founder of The Plaza Group, a petrochemical and marketing firm based in Houston, said the acquisition fits in with the company's growth plans. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Plaza Group acquires line of business from Truth Industries," 12 July 2018 Roush and Martin talked for several hours about the team's composition, how much would be invested, what the growth strategy was, and how resources would be allocated. Jason Hoffman,, "Legendary NASCAR team owner Jack Roush hoping to cross Kentucky Speedway off bucket list," 11 July 2018 Read More Fresh Market is hitting the brakes on its growth plans. Katherine Peralta, charlotteobserver, "Fresh Market to close one of its Charlotte stores," 9 July 2018

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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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\ˈgrōth \

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 \

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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