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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)
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 Texas has long been a magnet for companies and workers, and the steady influx of newcomers has been crucial to strong job growth. Dallas News, "Is that light at the end of 2020′s very dark tunnel? Here’s the outlook for vital Dallas-Fort Worth industries," 31 Dec. 2020 With retail sales and private-sector investment already back to growth and exports roaring, the policy rationale for keeping mortgage rates low to goose construction is less compelling. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "China Heads Into 2021 With Wind at Its Back," 30 Dec. 2020 In spite of this, retail offerings including curbside pick-up and online buying led to incremental e-commerce sales growth. Jazmin Goodwin, CNN, "Holiday retail sales jumped 3% as more people shop for decor and furniture for their homes," 27 Dec. 2020 Further work with the gene has indicated that such defects may contribute to the unchecked cell growth that leads to cancer in people. Star Tribune, "Fruit flies and the people who care for them," 25 Dec. 2020 The reported predicts that net exports will make almost no contribution to growth next year, after a large increase in 2020 that has swelled China’s trade surplus. Tom Hancock,, "China Shouldn’t Withdraw Stimulus Rapidly, World Bank Warns," 23 Dec. 2020 Positive stress is being challenged and pushed mildly out of your comfort zone, which leads to growth and development. USA Today, "The pandemic hurt our kids. How much?," 22 Dec. 2020 As broad categories, the largest contribution to consumer spending growth was in restaurants and hotels, where there was an increase of 566.3% compared to the second quarter. Amanda Shendruk, Quartz, "The UK’s spending on dentists, dry cleaning, and prostitution jumped after its first lockdown," 22 Dec. 2020 When artists resume touring and releasing big albums to drive ticket sales, music streaming could still return back to growth, but the new attention economy guards against such complacency. Will Page, Billboard, "Streaming Is Stalling: Can Music Keep Up in the Attention Economy?," 16 Dec. 2020

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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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The first known use of growth was in 1557

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14 Jan 2021

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“Growth.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce growth (audio)

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


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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


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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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