out·​growth | \ˈau̇t-ˌgrōth \

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

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The flourishing of these and similar start-ups is partly due to a recalibrated Silicon Valley, an outgrowth of a broader reckoning with the gender biases amid venture-capital funds and other institutional forces. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "The Breastfeeding Movement Is Experiencing a Tech Revolution—Here's How It's Helping New Moms," 11 Sep. 2018 The Venezuelan government’s petro initiative is one of the wildest outgrowths of an explosion in activity around virtual currencies over the last year. Kirk Semple And Nathaniel Popper, New York Times, "Venezuela Launches Virtual Currency, Hoping to Resuscitate Economy," 20 Feb. 2018 The tour is an outgrowth of the March For Our Lives, which culminated in the March 24 march on Washington, along with demonstrations in more than 800 cities across the world. Carli Teproff, miamiherald, "Utah theater cancels Parkland forum to register voters amid potential unrest, report says," 11 July 2018 Our Revolution, an outgrowth of the Sanders campaign, both endorsed her, and the news site The Intercept has generated a drumbeat of negative stories on Mr. Crowley. New York Times, "For Democrats Challenging Party Incumbents, Insurgency Has Its Limits," 21 June 2018 Her path into special education was an outgrowth of her involvement in therapeutic horseback riding. Janice Steinhagen, Courant Community, "Janet Keffer Is Named Griswold Teacher Of The Year," 6 June 2018 Evans, in a report to aldermen, said the Park Board is an outgrowth of an advisory group to the City Council that was formed in 1977. Linda Girardi, Aurora Beacon-News, "Yorkville may eliminate Park Board due to high number of canceled meetings," 25 May 2018 Marian Wright Edelman, the founder of the Children’s Defense Fund, which was an outgrowth of the original Poor People’s Campaign, also sees a cyclical history of racial division at play. Jelani Cobb, The New Yorker, "William Barber Takes on Poverty and Race in the Age of Trump," 7 May 2018 The invite comes from Amazon’s new 3-D body scanning unit, an outgrowth of its acquisition last year of computer vision startup Body Labs. Laura Stevens, WSJ, "Amazon Wants to Know Your Waistline," 3 May 2018

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First Known Use of outgrowth

1837, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of outgrowth

: something that develops or results from something else

: something that grows out of something else


out·​growth | \ˈau̇t-ˌgrōth \

Kids Definition of outgrowth

: something that grows out of or develops from something else


out·​growth | \ˈau̇t-ˌgrōth \

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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