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

Just hours after a fire raced through a scuba diving boat, a memorial started sprouting up to commemorate the lives of 34 people who died trapped below decks. Washington Post, "Memorials show California community’s grief over boat fire," 5 Sep. 2019 Visitors are welcome to see what's sprouting at the farm on East Ray Road near South Higley Road in Gilbert. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "100 free things to do in metro Phoenix," 17 Aug. 2019 Jobs in the industry are already sprouting up, according to study published earlier this year by employment site Glassdoor. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "At some colleges, students can now bone up on marijuana," 29 July 2019 All across the city’s districts—from its financial hub to the suburbs neighboring mainland China and outlying islands—walls big and small covered with colorful pieces of paper with the thoughts and wishes of Hong Kong people are sprouting up. Isabella Steger, Quartz, "Post-it notes are the new weapon of choice for Hong Kong’s protesters," 9 July 2019 But a new, coordinated effort by city officials and service organizations is sprouting up to curb that. Dominic Fracassa, SFChronicle.com, "SF voters to decide $600 million affordable housing bond," 9 July 2019 In Spain, cannabis social clubs are sprouting up since drug laws prohibiting marijuana possession are rarely enforced against casual users. Colleen Barry, chicagotribune.com, "In Italy, ‘cannabis light’ is booming, though the weed is so weak it’s like decaf marijuana," 27 June 2019 Housing units are sprouting to both the east and the west. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Big spotlight means ‘everything changed’ for Imperial boxing champ Andy Ruiz Jr.," 23 June 2019 Farmers market options are sprouting this week: Two brand-new markets join the fun, while the Muldoon Farmers Market returns for the season. Steve Edwards, Anchorage Daily News, "Two new farmers markets are opening this weekend in Anchorage," 20 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In agricultural areas, farmers are being taught to plant around existing trees and sprouts, rather than plowing them over. Aryn Baker / Mbar Toubab, Time, "Can a 4,815-Mile Wall of Trees Help Curb Climate Change in Africa?," 12 Sep. 2019 There are appetizers like a giant pretzel, street tacos, biscuits, Thai Brussels sprouts, elote and crab drip. San Diego Union-Tribune, "What’s new at San Diego casinos: restaurants, beer, mobile apps and menu changes," 8 Sep. 2019 August/September, inland: seeds of carrots, beets, chard, onions, arugula and parsley; plants of Florence fennel and all varieties of broccoli, kale, collards, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and cabbage. Pam Peirce, SFChronicle.com, "Plant now: A Mediterranean garden for the fall," 6 Sep. 2019 Whenever one sturdy piece falls, another sprouts in its place. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "Yankees Are Expecting Success, Injuries or Not," 5 Aug. 2019 Tree stumps made of glass sprout from five rock-like mounds, and at the center of the room, nestled in a sixth craggy habitat, stands a tree made of copper and glass. Lila Thulin, Smithsonian, "This Artist Imagines How Nature Evolves Following an Environmental Apocalypse," 19 July 2019 From the pine cones, leaves, weeds, sprouts, twigs, brush, pine, dirt and ash — 50 shades of brown, really — burst morel mushrooms. Allyson Reedy, The Know, "Extremely rare, coveted mushrooms that only appear after a wildfire are popping up in southern Colorado," 18 July 2019 Unfortunately, the sprouts were tough and undercooked, and the sweetish sauce seasoning the pork seemed to stick out instead of blending in. Coco Mccabe, BostonGlobe.com, "Dal Mare in Beverly Farms offers a classic night out," 7 Aug. 2019 And, of course, potato sprouts are an entirely different story. Washington Post, "Sprouting onions and scarred tomatoes: How to tell whether fading produce is still safe to eat," 25 July 2019

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First Known Use of sprout

Verb

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

Noun

14th 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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The first known use of sprout was in the 13th century

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More Definitions for sprout

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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