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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Synonyms for outgrowth


offshoot, shoot, sprout

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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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What Silicon Valley takes today as a lasting norm might simply be the outgrowth of unusually low interest rates. The Economist, "The rise and rise of private capital," 4 July 2019 The competition is an outgrowth of MAGNET’s Iterator program, which works with entrepreneurs through the many sequences most successful startups undergo. Olivera Perkins, cleveland.com, "MAGNET’s mspire competition offers guidance, financial support for startups, entrepreneurs," 21 June 2019 Really, this was an outgrowth of an incident from last September. Albert Breer, SI.com, "The Jets Got Their Man. What Now for GM Joe Douglas and Gang Green?," 17 June 2019 Photo: Getty The comments are also likely to accelerate the conversation around matters related to foreign interference in U.S. elections that are an outgrowth of the Mueller report. Siobhan Hughes, WSJ, "Pelosi: Trump Giving ‘Green Light’ to Foreign Election-Meddling Again," 13 June 2019 The modern Federal Reserve is independent The modern Fed’s independence is an outgrowth of the wild inflation of the 1970s spurred by Richard Nixon’s meddling. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Judy Shelton’s potential nomination to a Federal Reserve Board seat, explained," 5 June 2019 Such actions are the outgrowth of a steady schedule of meetings that Northam has maintained with black lawmakers and faith and civic leaders. Washington Post, "‘A rare position’: Va. Gov. Ralph Northam could wind up with great power, months after almost resigning," 10 June 2019 The British economy at its peak in the nineteenth century was a clear outgrowth of the history that had prepared a workforce as cheap as any short of slavery. Marilynne Robinson, Harper's magazine, "Is Poverty Necessary?," 10 June 2019 Draper credited McMaster with creating the academy as an outgrowth of the success of the police department’s citizens and employee academy, which also gives glimpses into its inner workings and procedures. Rosemarie Dowell, orlandosentinel.com, "Clermont police nurtures teens’ interest in law enforcement with new safety youth academy," 4 June 2019

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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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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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an act or instance of editing or removing

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