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 The Riverside Democrat lost to Abdelnasser Rashid of Justice, who was backed by Our Revolution Illinois, an outgrowth of progressive backers of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders. Dan Petrella, Chicago Tribune, 4 July 2022 In truth, privacy with respect to the disclosure of information is an outgrowth of the deeper concern to preserve the conditions for individual autonomy, not the other way around. Jeannie Suk Gersen, The New Yorker, 20 June 2022 Another inflationary pressure, ongoing supply chain issues, an outgrowth of the pandemic. CBS News, 19 June 2022 Paperny’s business is a natural market outgrowth of an continuing and profound shift in America’s judicial system. New York Times, 7 June 2022 The series is an outgrowth of the direct animation deal Harmon and FOX Entertainment unveiled in 2020. Joe Otterson, Variety, 16 May 2022 This act recognizes that true accountability cannot be forced but rather occurs as an inevitable outgrowth of freedom. Rodger Dean Duncan, Forbes, 3 May 2022 This practice continued for almost a century, until the 1970s, when favoring the mother came to be seen as gender discrimination, an outgrowth of the feminist movement for equal treatment. Sushma Subramanian, Washington Post, 18 Jan. 2022 Plascencia said physical altercations among students are an outgrowth of the challenges of the transition from remote learning for more than a year to being back in a classroom with structure and rules. Steve Sadin, chicagotribune.com, 14 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of outgrowth

1837, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Outgrowth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outgrowth. Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for outgrowth


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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