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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 sometimes spirited hearing Friday afternoon was an outgrowth of a lawsuit filed a week ago by four local businesses seeking to reverse some of the tougher restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Judge won’t rule until Monday on whether San Diego County restaurants, gyms can reopen indoors," 20 Nov. 2020 Advocates of aggressive antitrust action hailed Wednesday's decision as an outgrowth of the public pressure. Brian Fung, CNN, "Apple will slash App Store fees as antitrust pressure mounts," 18 Nov. 2020 The temporary redemption-enforcement halt in Oregon is an outgrowth of Gov. Kate Brown’s new set of statewide restrictions, which close some businesses and ban most social gatherings of more than a handful of people. oregonlive, "Bottle Bill redemptions are part of statewide coronavirus ‘freeze’; Oregonians encouraged to store bottles for time being," 17 Nov. 2020 The ban was an outgrowth of an N.F.L. drive against gambling by players that also brought a one-year suspension for Alex Karras, the Detroit Lions’ star defensive tackle. Richard Goldstein, New York Times, "Paul Hornung, Midcentury Football’s ‘Golden Boy,’ Is Dead at 84," 13 Nov. 2020 But Zuckerberg’s actions make more sense when viewed as an outgrowth of his business model. Andrew Marantz, The New Yorker, "Why Facebook Can’t Fix Itself," 12 Oct. 2020 The drive to adopt an equity policy for the school district began during the summer as an outgrowth of a Facebook page called For the Good of Slidell, which was designed to address myriad community issues. Kim Chatelain | Contributing Writer, NOLA.com, "School Board rejects equity policy but votes for continuing discussion of concept," 2 Oct. 2020 Rutherford said the sudden increase in the Bay Area may be an outgrowth of the national surge, with business travelers and vacationers spreading it around. Peter Fimrite, SFChronicle.com, "California’s coronavirus numbers rising as U.S. passes 10 million total cases," 9 Nov. 2020 Today’s sanctuary cities, whose protection consists in disregard of immigration status and refusal to assist with federal enforcement, are an enduring outgrowth of this era. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, The New York Review of Books, "The Revival of Church Sanctuary," 3 Nov. 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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“Outgrowth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outgrowth. Accessed 1 Dec. 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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