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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)
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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Recent Examples on the Web Meanwhile Facebook said its own ad growth slowed to 10% from a year earlier in... Laura Forman, WSJ, "Google Takes Brunt of Ad Slump as Facebook Skirts By," 31 July 2020 Its very dominance limits its growth in search and online ads; ambitious new projects are yet to yield a breakout success. The Economist, "Week in charts Google’s search for mid-life meaning," 31 July 2020 Facebook, which also makes most of its money from digital ads, recorded its slowest growth since going public eight years ago. CBS News, "Big Tech companies report mixed earnings amid pandemic," 30 July 2020 The world’s most valuable startup is trying to stave off a possible blacklisting that would cripple its growth, and exploring options such as a sale of TikTok to American investors. Sarah Frier, Fortune, "TikTok CEO calls out Mark Zuckerberg for attacks ‘disguised as patriotism’," 29 July 2020 The company is also slowing down its fleet growth; only five of the nine ships the company planned to add to the fleet in 2020 and 2021 are now scheduled to be delivered by the end of fiscal year 2021. oregonlive, "Carnival to shed 13 ships but here’s when it plans to cruise again, pandemic or not," 11 July 2020 However, Huntsville should recover faster than the rest of the U.S. because of its steady population growth and a strong technical workforce. William Thornton |, al, "Alabama’s economy, rattled by coronavirus, looks for the way forward," 5 July 2020 Having the three banks under one holding company will drive internal growth and increase profitability, Bugg said. Patrick Danner,, "Bank of San Antonio’s parent merging with 2 holding companies," 30 June 2020 The chains’ executives are candid about what is driving their growth: widening income inequality and the decline of many city neighborhoods and entire swaths of the country. Alec Macgillis, ProPublica, "How Dollar Stores Became Magnets for Crime and Killing," 29 June 2020

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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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The first known use of growth was in 1557

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5 Aug 2020

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“Growth.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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How to pronounce growth (audio)

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


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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


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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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