growth

noun
\ 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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Too much fertilizer can cause weak growth that’s susceptible to pests and diseases. Arricca Sansone, Country Living, "Annuals vs. Perennials: Everything You Need to Know," 1 Feb. 2019 The unit, comprising the Taobao and Tmall e-commerce platforms, had a growth rate above 50% as recently as the quarter... Jacky Wong, WSJ, "Don’t Shop for Alibaba as China Slows," 30 Jan. 2019 When the sprout gets about 6 inches tall, cut it back to about 3 inches to encourage more root growth. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow an Avocado Tree From a Pit," 29 Jan. 2019 Tests on her ribs that subsequently revealed the cancerous growths. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "RBG Filmmakers Report That Ruth Bader Ginsburg Is "Strong and Cheerful"," 22 Jan. 2019 The Beyond Meat brand, best known for the Beyond Burger, led that increase in sales with an astounding 70 percent growth rate. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "2018’s big wins — and big losses — for animals," 24 Dec. 2018 Opening up new ad inventory for search could reinvigorate the sagging revenue growth rate that, combined with Facebook’s privacy and security scandals, has put intense pressure on Facebook’s leaders Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg. Casey Newton, The Verge, "How Congress missed another chance to hold big tech accountable," 12 Dec. 2018 As for the immediate future, the researchers note that economic growth is still being fueled more by coal, oil, and gas than renewables. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Wrong way: 2018 global CO₂ emissions tick up again," 6 Dec. 2018 That’s almost half the growth rate of previous years. Kellie Ell, Glamour, "Social Media Is Killing Mascara," 28 Nov. 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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growth

noun

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

growth

noun
\ 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

growth

noun
\ 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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