sprout

verb
\ 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

sprout

noun

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

bairn [chiefly Scottish], bambino, bud, chap [Southern & Midland], chick, child, cub, juvenile, kid, kiddie (also kiddy), kiddo, moppet, sprat, squirt, whelp, youngling, youngster, youth

Antonyms: Noun

adult, grown-up

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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

Another was a dreamy light blue intimates set with metallic detailing and matching feathers that sprouted up from her shoulders. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Weeknd Cheers on Bella Hadid at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, Two Years After Their Awkward Runway Reunion," 9 Nov. 2018 Use a shovel to disconnect suckers that sprout from the roots throughout the growing season; replant or share them with friends. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Fresh Figs Right in Your Backyard," 15 Aug. 2018 Starting in late April into May, Japanese wisteria flowers begin to sprout in all kinds of colors like blue, pink, purple, and white. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Japan's Wisteria Gardens Are Even More Beautiful Than Its Cherry Blossom Trees," 15 Apr. 2019 And this can take a while — avocado pits usually need between two to six weeks to sprout! Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The "AvoSeedo" Is the Cutest and Easiest Way to Grow an Avocado Tree at Home," 21 Feb. 2019 New buildings sprouted under his leadership at the Middletown campus, including a new student center, gym and residence halls. Matthew Ormseth, courant.com, "Douglas Bennet, Former Wesleyan President and NPR CEO, Dies At 79," 11 June 2018 Given a little love, water, and lots of time, that hard center will sprout into a brand-new plant, and now there's an easier (and more adorable!) way to do it at home. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The "AvoSeedo" Is the Cutest and Easiest Way to Grow an Avocado Tree at Home," 21 Feb. 2019 Reason to visit: Fried chicken, chicken sandwiches, hoe cakes, Kung Pao Brussels sprouts. Larry Olmsted, USA TODAY, "Chicken, biscuits and beer: Dallas eatery serves tasty trifecta," 12 July 2018 Lehi Crossing sprouts up Mayor John Giles was neither mayor nor a councilman when the city rezoned for Lehi Crossing. Lily Altavena, azcentral, "Controversy in the air as Mesa homeowners decry neighboring asphalt plant’s odors," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Seeds, and more specifically, the moment that a seed sprouts, are the inspiration behind the brand. Rebecca Dancer, Allure, "AmorePacific's Primera Skin-Care Brand Is Launching at Sephora This Summer," 21 May 2019 Seasonal salads, Brussels sprouts, cranberry sauce. Rima Suqi, WSJ, "Holiday Entertaining Tips From the Party Planner to Presidents," 16 Nov. 2018 But broccoli, Brussels sprouts, mushrooms or any number or others can work. Melissa Clark, The Seattle Times, "How to make sheet-pan suppers without the meat," 1 Oct. 2018 Divide arugula and chicken salad among croissants and top with sprouts. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Pesto Chicken Salad Croissants," 21 June 2018 When the sprout gets about 6 inches tall, cut it back to about 3 inches to encourage more root growth. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow an Avocado Tree From a Pit," 29 Jan. 2019 On January 12, a cotton sprout poked out of the lattice of a planter on the far side of the moon. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "Seeds Have Sprouted on the Moon for the Very First Time," 15 Jan. 2019 The Brussels sprouts were roasted with olive oil, salt and granulated garlic. Carrie Dennett, The Seattle Times, "Grain bowls are trending. Here’s how to make your own.," 28 Nov. 2018 Otherwise, maybe just bite your tongue and pass the Brussels sprouts. Dylan Scott, Vox, "The data is clear: nobody actually fights about politics at Thanksgiving dinner," 21 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of sprout

Verb

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

Noun

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

History and Etymology for sprout

Verb

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

verb

English Language Learners Definition of sprout

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

sprout

verb
\ 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.

sprout

noun

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

sprout

noun

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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