\ 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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Recent Examples on the Web

The innovation center will partner with local business, civic, community and non-profit organizations focused on growth and revitalization. Kenneth R. Gosselin,, "GalaxE. Solutions plants flag in downtown Hartford; plans to hire hundreds of tech workers," 4 Sep. 2019 As the river confronts the triple threats of climate change, population growth and over allocation, competition for water will likely increase. Lucas Isakowitz, Time, "How to Save the Colorado River from Climate Change and Chronic Overuse," 3 Sep. 2019 But Rosengren cited other factors influencing comparative yields: slower growth and much lower rates (some negative) in other countries, which have prompted investors to scoop up US government debt. Larry Edelman,, "As markets waver, Boston Fed chief is optimistic but warns against overconfidence," 3 Sep. 2019 But getting there took some growth and learning how to set boundaries. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "Nicki Minaj Shares Her List of Relationship No-Nos With Fans," 3 Sep. 2019 But climate change is introducing new uncertainty, threatening to upend our assumptions about future growth and prosperity. Dickon Pinner, Fortune, "Earth to CEO: Your Company Is Already at Risk From Climate Change," 3 Sep. 2019 Lead poisoning can damage the central nervous system, reduce IQ, delay growth and cause behavior and learning problems. Maura C. Allaire, The Conversation, "How to address America’s lead crisis and provide safe drinking water for all," 3 Sep. 2019 Compassion, participation and romance will result in personal growth and happiness. Eugenia Last, The Mercury News, "Horoscopes: Sept. 2, 2019," 2 Sep. 2019 Mr Macri was wary of stifling economic growth and, lacking a majority in congress, was reluctant to cut the budget deficit sharply. The Economist, "Argentina’s beleaguered government imposes capital controls," 2 Sep. 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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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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