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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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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 The Backpage website was an outgrowth from the literal back page of classified advertisements on printed editions of the tabloid newspaper. Richard Ruelas, The Arizona Republic, "COVID-19 concerns push Backpage trial into 2021; judge rules it can't be conducted safely," 30 June 2020 Those screenings are an outgrowth of a bigger program at the university, which performs competency assessments of physicians who have been referred by a state medical board or hospital administration after complaints about their performance. Lola Butcher, Quartz, "Doctors are suing over age-based screening requirements," 25 June 2020 The diversity training is an outgrowth of a House initiative to professionalize its human resources operations following a spate of complaints in 2018. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, "Ohio House to require diversity training for staff in upcoming session," 23 June 2020 Activism is an outgrowth of learning, and learning is the result of resilient listening. Indianapolis Star, The Indianapolis Star, "What prominent community members say should be done to make Indiana better for everyone," 17 June 2020 On Instagram, the Mad feed, from the international activist-chef organization that is an outgrowth of the Copenhagen restaurant Noma, is collating a comprehensive list of the creative ways chefs and businesses are helping their workers and others. Corby Kummer, The Atlantic, "‘The Fact That I Can’t Fix Things Now Is Breaking My Heart’," 26 Mar. 2020 The indie renaissance was also an outgrowth of gentrification. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Is This the End of the Indie Bookstore?," 16 Apr. 2020 From the standpoint of the dozens of countries on the seams of Eurasia and the Indian Ocean, this strategy is the natural outgrowth of having experienced both colonialism and the Cold War. Parag Khanna, Quartz, "Everyone has moved past the US-China trade war—except the US and China," 16 Dec. 2019 This solar battery is an outgrowth of transistor research. Scientific American, "Solar Cells Only Good for Rural Phone Systems," 30 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of outgrowth

1837, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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8 Jul 2020

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“Outgrowth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outgrowth. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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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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