growth

noun
\ 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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And projected employment growth across all occupations is 7.4 percent. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "How to Become a Skilled Tradesperson," 13 Mar. 2019 However, the crude market reversed those gains after economic-growth concerns surfaced in the second half of last year. Stephanie Yang, WSJ, "The Weak Spot in the Oil Market That Traders Are Missing," 12 Feb. 2019 The fall-off in manufacturing activity in April follows a strong showing in March that, along with an uptick in home sales, buoyed growth in the first quarter and brightened the outlook for the Chinese economy. WSJ, "China’s Manufacturing Activity Falters," 30 Apr. 2019 Alvarez agrees, adding that incorporating coconut oil into your routine creates the optimal environment for hair growth. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "10 Ways Coconut Oil Can Give You the Best-Looking Hair of Your Life," 12 Apr. 2019 According to The Hollywood Reporter, Killing Eve saw week-over-week growth in its first season in both the adults 25-54 and 18-49 demographics, a rare feat in the on-demand video age. Stacey Leasca, Glamour, "Everything We Know So Far About Killing Eve Season 3," 8 Apr. 2019 Since entering Sagittarius in November, the philosophical planet of growth, Jupiter, has been in your house of learning and writing. Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, "What April’s Libra Horoscope Means for You," 31 Mar. 2019 Archaeologists recently found the same bony growths in the skulls of people who lived in pre-Columbian Panama up to 2,400 years ago. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "The skulls of ancient pearl divers come with abnormal ear canal bone growths," 28 Dec. 2018 Plantar warts, which are virally transmitted, cause rough, fleshy, painful growths on the bottom of the feet. Jessica Toscano, SELF, "Here's How Often You Should Really Clean Your Yoga Mat," 12 Apr. 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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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 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

growth

noun
\ 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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