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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After leading the Group of Seven in 2017 with growth of 3%, Canada’s economic expansion slowed to 1.8% last year and is... Kim Mackrael, WSJ, "Canada Unveils Billions in New Spending in Pre-Election Budget," 19 Mar. 2019 Hormones or genetics are usually what cause hair to grow on your breasts, and certain medical conditions like polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) can cause excessive hair growth as well. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "Are Your Boobs Normal? We Asked An Expert," 8 Mar. 2019 If that's going to be the case, the technology will need to keep up with the growth. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Google And DeepMind Algorithms Could Make Wind Power More Efficient," 27 Feb. 2019 At the first sign of growth, mix 3/4 cup bleach with one gallon of water. Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Rid of Mold and Mildew in the Mustiest Corners of Your House," 6 Feb. 2019 Carol Anderson, a historian at Emory University’s Department of African-American Studies, links the growth of Republican undemocracy to an even longer (and more disturbing) historical tradition. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "The 9 thinkers who made sense of 2018’s chaos," 27 Dec. 2018 Slower growth in China is affecting everything from smartphone sales to oil exports, and companies and countries in its orbit are beginning to feel the crunch. Saumya Vaishampayan, WSJ, "China’s Stock Market Isn’t Quite The Bargain It Seems," 1 Mar. 2019 While the top portion of a perennial dies back in winter, new growth appears the following spring from the same root system. Arricca Sansone, Country Living, "Annuals vs. Perennials: Everything You Need to Know," 1 Feb. 2019 The growth in speed is important as the internet undergirds more of our daily lives and the wider economy. Rani Molla, Recode, "U.S. internet speeds rose nearly 40 percent this year," 12 Dec. 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 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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