\ 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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Recent Examples on the Web

Wage growth has been lackluster since the Great Recession. Heather Long,, "Inflation hits 6-year high, wiping out wage gains for the average American," 13 July 2018 Moreover, strong jobs growth in America last month was more of a spur to the labour supply than to wage inflation. The Economist, "Even stockmarket bulls are more cautious than at the start of the year," 12 July 2018 Bacterial growth is responsible for a rotten egg or sewage smell residents have complained about. Michael Livingston,, "Water quality report offers solutions to inconvenient troubles," 11 July 2018 Viral growth is when people using the product spreads the product to other people—that’s it. Adam Fisher, WIRED, "Sex, Beer, and Coding: Inside Facebook’s Wild Early Days," 10 July 2018 In many ways, the growth of competitive eating is similar to that of mainstream American sports. Alejandro De La Garza, Time, "'I Love Things That Are Absurd.' Meet the Man Who Turned Nathan's Hot Dog-Eating Contest Into a National Obsession," 3 July 2018 As water temperatures have warmed into the 70s in much of the lake, plant growth is substantial. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Can the walleye population rebound in McDermott Lake if bass and panfish are reduced?," 30 June 2018 If the number of farmers markets is any indication, that growth is exponential: In the last 15 years, the nationwide number of farmers markets has nearly quintupled, according to data collected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Emily Hopkins, Indianapolis Star, "'It opened the door for us': How Indiana's farmers markets help small farmers," 29 June 2018 However, Seale estimates the growth this year was about 2 percent. Melanie Feuk, Houston Chronicle, "Humble ISD’s 2018-19 budget includes 153 new staff positions," 20 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'growth.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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