growth

noun

1
a(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
2
a
: something that grows or has grown
a growth of willows
b
: an abnormal proliferation of tissue (such as a tumor)
c
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

Example Sentences

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web Hickenlooper said that for its part, the Senate has focused on the issues around inflation and what can be done to restrain it, since inflation is a hindrance to the growth of small businesses. Rohit Arora, Forbes, 24 Jan. 2023 According to The Sports & Fitness Industry Association, more than 4.8 million people in the U.S. play the sport — the latest in racket games — which has seen a growth of 39.3% over the last two years. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 23 Jan. 2023 The economy had boomed during his tenure, thanks in large measure to surging commodities prices, a significant oil discovery off the coast, and the explosive growth of China, a major buyer of Brazilian exports. Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, 23 Jan. 2023 Spotify’s Dawn Ostroff praised the growth of the audio giant’s podcasting expansion shortly after CEO Daniel Ek revealed a major leadership reorganization Monday morning that will see Ostroff exit the company. J. Clara Chan, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 Jan. 2023 And since unlike in China consumption forms the lion’s share of the U.S. economy in normal times, the growth push from running down those extra household savings was also enormous. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, 20 Jan. 2023 The growth was largely driven by the success of content added in the fourth quarter. Niha Masih, Washington Post, 20 Jan. 2023 The new sanctions target the growth of the technological capability of industries that China has identified as its highest priority. Alan Wolff, Fortune, 20 Jan. 2023 More than 5 million new jobs were created in 2022 across the economy, especially in industries where union membership is lower, such as leisure and hospitality, meaning union jobs did not outpace the growth of nonunion jobs. Lauren Kaori Gurley, BostonGlobe.com, 19 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

grow + -th entry 3

First Known Use

1557, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Time Traveler
The first known use of growth was in 1557

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Cite this Entry

“Growth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/growth. Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

growth

noun
1
a
: stage or condition reached in growing : size
the dog hasn't reached full growth
b
: a process of growing especially through an increase in size or amount
a growth of wealth
good nutrition promotes growth
growth of a crystal
c
: a process of developing
the growth of civilization
2
: a result or product of growing
covered with a growth of mold
a thick growth of underbrush
3
: an abnormal mass of tissue (as a tumor or wart)

Medical Definition

growth

noun
1
a(1)
: a stage in the process of growing
(2)
: full growth
b
: the process of growing
2
a
: something that grows or has grown
b
: an abnormal proliferation of tissue (as a tumor)

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