regrow

verb

re·​grow (ˌ)rē-ˈgrō How to pronounce regrow (audio)
regrew (ˌ)rē-ˈgrü How to pronounce regrow (audio) ; regrown (ˌ)rē-ˈgrōn How to pronounce regrow (audio) ; regrowing

transitive verb

: to grow (something, such as a missing part) anew

intransitive verb

: to continue growth after interruption or injury

Examples of regrow in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This way, the coral will merge and regrow over the frame. Kathleen Wong, USA TODAY, 7 Apr. 2024 To help regrow coral, branches of healthy coral must be snipped off and replanted somewhere else. Summer Lin, Los Angeles Times, 7 Mar. 2024 Although a stump now pokes out where the imposing sycamore once dominated the undulating English moors, arboreal experts say the tree is very much alive and will probably regrow. Jonathan Edwards, Washington Post, 3 Oct. 2023 Recycle the pineapple's top by planting it to regrow it into a houseplant that will produce fruit. Grace Haynes, Southern Living, 11 Mar. 2024 Seeds are also being spread to regrow plants on land that drowned decades ago. Ben Tracy, CBS News, 5 Mar. 2024 There are a couple of exceptions since yews (Taxus) and hemlock (Tsuga) regrow well from regular pruning. Miri Talabac, Baltimore Sun, 15 Feb. 2024 No longer pruned by rodent teeth, plants regrow on soils still enriched with nitrogen and phosphorus. Bathsheba Demuth, The Atlantic, 4 Jan. 2024 Their next step was to harness the effect: regrowing mouse fur. Max G. Levy, WIRED, 12 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1603, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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The first known use of regrow was in 1603

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Cite this Entry

“Regrow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/regrow. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

regrow

verb
re·​grow (ˈ)rē-ˈgrō How to pronounce regrow (audio)
regrew -ˈgrü How to pronounce regrow (audio) ; regrown -ˈgrōn How to pronounce regrow (audio) ; regrowing
: to grow (as a missing part) again

Medical Definition

regrow

intransitive verb
re·​grow (ˈ)rē-ˈgrō How to pronounce regrow (audio)
regrew -ˈgrü How to pronounce regrow (audio) ; regrown -ˈgrōn How to pronounce regrow (audio) ; regrowing
: to continue growth after interruption or injury
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