out·​growth | \ ˈau̇t-ˌgrōth How to pronounce outgrowth (audio) \

Definition of outgrowth

1 : a process or product of growing out an outgrowth of hair
2 : consequence, by-product crime is often an outgrowth of poverty

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Examples of outgrowth in a Sentence

trimmed back some of the tree's outgrowths so they wouldn't interfere with the power lines a predictable outgrowth of the suburb's ever growing population will be the need for more schools
Recent Examples on the Web Those achievements were an outgrowth of Mr. Montag’s cultivation of big clients and knack for spotting unfolding business opportunities. New York Times, 14 May 2021 The letter is an outgrowth of an emerging effort to organize Chile’s cetacean scientists under a new Chilean Society of Marine Mammal Specialists. Lindzi Wessel, Science | AAAS, 11 May 2021 Sotheby’s says the new retail shop is, at least in part, an outgrowth of the luxury sector’s recent successes in e-commerce. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 10 May 2021 That practice, well established by the late 1970s, was an outgrowth of the overall expansion of the federal government, according to Riddick. Marie Sapirie, Forbes, 6 May 2021 That kind of less competitive, more collaborative, approach to finances may be an outgrowth of millennials’ shared sense of financial stress, says Elizabeth Schwab, a behavioral economist at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Svati Kirsten Narula, WSJ, 3 May 2021 Some of these critiques are undoubtedly an outgrowth of how many progressive media figures covered the Trump presidency, where the former president's physical slip-ups and gaffes were the subject of breathless coverage. Lanhee J. Chen, CNN, 30 Apr. 2021 Her experience as the buyer for her store is a logical outgrowth of her evolving relationships with books and writers both old and new. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Nov. 2020 The trend seems to be a logical outgrowth of the widespread activist marketing that reached a fever pitch this year. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, 29 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of outgrowth

1837, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of outgrowth was in 1837

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22 May 2021

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“Outgrowth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outgrowth. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of outgrowth

: something that develops or results from something else
technical : something that grows out of something else


out·​growth | \ ˈau̇t-ˌgrōth How to pronounce outgrowth (audio) \

Kids Definition of outgrowth

: something that grows out of or develops from something else


out·​growth | \ ˈau̇t-ˌgrōth How to pronounce outgrowth (audio) \

Medical Definition of outgrowth

1 : the process of growing out in vitro, dopamine modifies axonal and dendritic outgrowth— Linda C. Mayes
2 : something that grows directly out of something else an outgrowth of hair a bony outgrowth


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