\ 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 The idea sprouted from we’re all used to gathering in the same place. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, "How Ohio State football made a movie connecting us despite coronavirus," 4 May 2020 The first notable wildfire of the season — the Whitlow Fire — sprouted up near Superior, ripping through 800 acres in just a few days. Bree Burkitt, azcentral, "Could COVID-19 collide with Arizona's wildfire season? Fire officials are preparing for the worst," 25 Apr. 2020 Within weeks, similar efforts sprouted elsewhere, and those independent groups decided to come together under the organization Frontline Foods. Sara Aridi, New York Times, "Feeding Essential Workers, and Putting Restaurants Back to Work," 16 Apr. 2020 From Madison to Mobile, groups led by professional seamstresses and small businesses owners sprouted on Facebook over the past two weeks as the number of cases of coronavirus continues to increase. al, "Volunteers across Alabama sew medical masks the state health officer says won’t work," 23 Mar. 2020 That era sprouted the city’s unparalleled food cart scene. Rachel Schallom, Fortune, "Diary of a lockdown: What it feels like in 16 cities during the pandemic," 21 Mar. 2020 The food company sprouted in San Antonio and has since ushered in an era of concession food snacks synonymous with packed stadiums and shows. Diego Mendoza-moyers, ExpressNews.com, "Simple snacks spell success: Ricos CEO Tony Liberto talks nachos and the evolution of his family’s company," 2 Mar. 2020 Adam sprouted in the fall, around Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, which celebrates the creation of the world and of Adam and Eve. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, "After 2,000 Years, These Seeds Have Finally Sprouted," 5 Feb. 2020 Hippie communes sprouted up in the 1970s and 1980s in order to escape an impending nuclear winter, for example. Harrison Stetler, The New York Review of Books, "‘Collapsologie’: Constructing an Idea of How Things Fall Apart," 21 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In a large bowl, place romaine, roasted Brussels sprouts, crispy kale, shredded Parmesan, and croutons and toss with dressing (see recipe below). Noah Kaufman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Our Favorite Hotels Released Their Top-Secret Recipes—And We Can’t Stop Making Them," 8 May 2020 To play it safe, ask for your sandwich with no alfalfa sprouts, and for the bean sprouts to be left off your pad Thai. Rachel Meltzer Warren, New York Times, "The Foods to Avoid When You’re Pregnant," 17 Apr. 2020 About a month or so after aeration and compost, the sprouts or weeds started to appear. Neil Sperry, ExpressNews.com, "Neil Sperry: It’s fine to prune away inner, bushy crape myrtle growth," 26 Mar. 2020 In a statement sent to USA TODAY, Jimmy John's president James North said the sprouts have been removed from restaurants across the nation until further notice. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Jimmy John's removes sprouts from restaurants after FDA warning letter about E. coli outbreaks," 26 Feb. 2020 This is a great make-ahead salad, since the Brussels sprouts can stand up to the creamy dressing without wilting. Katie Workman, NBC News, "Sunday Suppers: a slow-cooker BBQ lamb recipe," 22 Feb. 2020 Countless stagings of the Howard Ashman-Alan Menken musical have remained visually devout to the sprout that debuted off-off-Broadway in 1982. Los Angeles Times, "‘Little Shop of Horrors’ in Pasadena: Secrets of a radically reconceived Audrey II," 17 Oct. 2019 Transfer the sprouts to a sealed container, and refrigerate for up to 1 week. Tara Duggan, SFChronicle.com, "Recipe: Lentil croquettes from Bar Tartine alumni," 4 Oct. 2019 Cold weather is needed for potatoes and for the sprouts, the trick now is to keep the moose at bay. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Here’s what you should do this weekend to prepare your garden for winter," 12 Sep. 2019

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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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“Sprout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sprout. Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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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
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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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