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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Striking a Balance How three policy alternatives for Saudi Arabia could impact economic growth, public revenue and oil exports Source: Kapsarc Aramco didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. Sarah Mcfarlane And Summer Said, WSJ, "Saudi Arabia Edges Toward Bet on Booming U.S. Energy Sector," 8 Jan. 2019 After years of steady growth, the stock began to decline this year. Casey Newton, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: Facebook," 26 Dec. 2018 In an age when wildlife and habitat are facing significant stress from population growth, development, climate change, decisions made now can reverberate for decades. Sarah Greenberger, Vox, "I worked in the Interior Department. Watching Zinke’s tenure was heartbreaking.," 21 Dec. 2018 In the pursuit of growth, development, and dynamism, what’s holding cities back from building it themselves? Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Big cities courting big tech helped define 2018," 18 Dec. 2018 But this visit is also an opportunity to learn more about the future of Fiji, your economic growth, sustainable tourism development and social enterprises. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Prince Harry Recalls Queen Elizabeth's Visits to Fiji in His Speech at Tonight's State Dinner," 23 Oct. 2018 So what’s next, after generations of pain and five years of personal growth? Damien Carlos, Teen Vogue, "Discovering My Tohono O'odham Culture Saved My Life — So I'm Helping Other Youth Do The Same," 7 Dec. 2018 It was also observed, more than fifty years ago, that bacteria make molecules that can inhibit the growth of phages. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Bacteria engage in chemical warfare against viruses," 5 Dec. 2018 With cookbook sales targets already beaten, the growth of the Hubb Kitchen continues into a very bright future, with new outreach projects that will also be funded by the proceeds. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, "Duchess Meghan Celebrates Cookbook Success (And Baby News!) at Hubb Community Kitchen," 21 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
\ 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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