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sprout

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verb \ ˈsprau̇t \

Definition of sprout

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

Examples of sprout in a Sentence

  1. seeds sprouting in the spring

  2. Potatoes will sprout in the bag if kept in a warm place.

  3. The garden is sprouting weeds.

  4. The tree is already sprouting leaves.

  5. He sprouted a beard since the last time I saw him.

  6. She dreamed that her boss had sprouted horns.

  7. Hair sprouted on his face.

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Origin and Etymology of 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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sprout

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Definition of sprout

1 a :shoot 1a; especially :a young shoot (as from a seed or root)
b sprouts plural
(1) chiefly British :brussels sprout 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
b :scion 2

Examples of sprout in a Sentence

  1. he earned the admiration of the neighborhood sprouts when he showed them how to make a slingshot

  2. the raspberry bushes began sending out sprouts in early spring

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First Known Use of sprout

13th century


SPROUT Defined for English Language Learners

sprout

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verb

Definition of sprout for English Language Learners

  • : to produce new leaves, buds, etc.

  • : to grow or develop (something)

  • : to appear suddenly and in large numbers


SPROUT Defined for Kids

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sprout

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verb \ ˈsprau̇t \

Definition of sprout for Students

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

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sprout

noun

Definition of sprout for Students

:a young stem of a plant especially when coming directly from a seed or root

Medical Dictionary

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sprout

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intransitive verb \ ˈsprau̇t \

medical Definition of sprout

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

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sprout

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medical Definition of sprout

: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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