\ ˈsprau̇t How to pronounce sprout (audio) \
sprouted; sprouting; sprouts

Definition of sprout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to grow, spring up, or come forth as or as if a sprout
2 : to send out new growth

transitive verb

: to send forth or up : cause to develop : grow



Definition of sprout (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : shoot sense 1a especially : a young shoot (as from a seed or root)
b sprouts plural
(1) chiefly British : brussels sprout sense 2
(2) : edible sprouts especially from recently germinated seeds (as of alfalfa or mung beans)
2 : something resembling a sprout: such as
a : a young person

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Synonyms & Antonyms for sprout

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of sprout in a Sentence

Verb seeds sprouting in the spring Potatoes will sprout in the bag if kept in a warm place. The garden is sprouting weeds. The tree is already sprouting leaves. He sprouted a beard since the last time I saw him. She dreamed that her boss had sprouted horns. Hair sprouted on his face. Noun he earned the admiration of the neighborhood sprouts when he showed them how to make a slingshot the raspberry bushes began sending out sprouts in early spring
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb What is clear is that the agency fight with the WGA has created fertile ground for new management firms to sprout. Wendy Lee, Los Angeles Times, "Why agents are becoming managers amid WGA fight," 16 Dec. 2020 At Illinois on Saturday, though, the Gophers' 41-14 victory did seem to sprout from their earlier failures, seizing an opportunity against a struggling opponent. Megan Ryan, Star Tribune, "Children's book helps Gophers football get going again," 8 Nov. 2020 The hyphae combine to create mycelium, which then sprout the fruiting mushrooms. Corryn Wetzel, Smithsonian Magazine, "Watch an Amazing Time-Lapse of Growing Mushrooms," 2 Nov. 2020 Also, don’t store potatoes with onions; moisture from potatoes can cause onions to sprout. Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Spud hints," 21 Oct. 2020 If part of a branch is cut off, the plant can sprout new twigs from buds in the remaining part. Beth Botts, chicagotribune.com, "Yew shrubs, hardy and attractive, are the stuff of ancient legends and a great addition to Midwest yards," 19 Dec. 2020 The new mall quickly lured new restaurants and shops to sprout along State Road 46, near the Interstate-4 intersection, as shoppers drove in from south Volusia and east Lake counties. Martin E. Comas, orlandosentinel.com, "As Seminole Towne Center struggles, Sanford looks at redevelopment potential," 15 Dec. 2020 Shrubs easily sprout in the resulting surplus of sunlight. Ula Chrobak, Scientific American, "Severe Wildfires Raise the Chance for Future Monstrous Blazes," 24 Nov. 2020 As this video shows, a plant on its own will sprout ever more roots around its base while at the same time extending its reach underground in all directions. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Watch roots from different plants compete for prime real estate underground," 11 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun If leather bookmarks are too serious for your giftee, consider these precious sprout-style bookmarks from Fred & Friends. Michael Desjardin, USA TODAY, "35 perfect gift ideas for book lovers in 2020," 14 Dec. 2020 Where wheat and grapes once grew, unexploded rockets sprout from the ground at odd angles, reminders of the vicious fighting that tore through the area in the autumn. The Economist, "Ghost towns and grievances Azeris return to their ruined old homes," 16 Dec. 2020 Sides include buttermilk biscuits, shaved Brussels sprout salad and roasted delicata squash with herb vinaigrette. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Dozens of restaurants are offering Thanksgiving meals to-go," 21 Nov. 2020 Nestled between stalk and branch, each sprout grows to between half an inch and just shy of two inches in diameter. Washington Post, "A guide to Brussels sprouts: How to choose, store, season and cook the versatile vegetable," 20 Nov. 2020 Add the onions and the bacon to the sprout leaves and season with salt and pepper. Toss again to combine ingredients then transfer to a warm dish and enjoy. Mary Grace Granados, Dallas News, "Try these Thanksgiving recipes from Colleyville restaurants," 19 Nov. 2020 And fun fact: there are also Easter and Thanksgiving cacti, which are similar to Christmas cacti, but both sprout close to their respective namesake holidays instead. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need to Know About Caring for a Christmas Cactus," 16 Nov. 2020 Keep them moist, and in a few days a sprout should appear. Daniel Kluko, Popular Mechanics, "Keep Growing All Winter With This DIY Hydroponic System," 7 Nov. 2020 The combination of tripe, meatballs, brisket and tendon is so delicious along with the bean sprout, onion, cilantro and Thai basil garnishes. Dana Mcmahan, The Courier-Journal, "No matter who wins, here are some chef picked comfort foods for election night and beyond," 3 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of sprout


13th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for sprout


Middle English spruten, from Old English -sprūtan; akin to Old High German spriozan to sprout, Lithuanian sprausti to squeeze, thrust

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The first known use of sprout was in the 13th century

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17 Jan 2021

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“Sprout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sprout. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce sprout (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of sprout

: to produce new leaves, buds, etc.
: to grow or develop (something)
: to appear suddenly and in large numbers


\ ˈsprau̇t How to pronounce sprout (audio) \
sprouted; sprouting

Kids Definition of sprout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to produce or cause to produce new growth The seeds of corn were sprouting.



Kids Definition of sprout (Entry 2 of 2)

: a young stem of a plant especially when coming directly from a seed or root
\ ˈsprau̇t How to pronounce sprout (audio) \

Medical Definition of sprout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to send out new growth : produce sprouts vascular endothelial growth factor…has been shown to spur blood vessels to sprout— Greg Miller



Medical Definition of sprout (Entry 2 of 2)

: a new outgrowth (as of nerve tissue) resembling the young shoot of a plant segments of the axon above the injury…produce new sprouts— J. L. Marx

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