sprout

verb
\ ˈsprau̇t \
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

b : scion sense 2

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Synonyms for sprout

Synonyms: Noun

offshoot, outgrowth, shoot

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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

Her milk isn’t sprouting freely, her economic value is waning. refinery29.com, "The Handmaid's Tale Recap Season 2, Episode 12: Gilead's Romeo & Juliet," 4 July 2018 New projects also are sprouting up on the Delaware River in Philadelphia, the Miami River waterfront and the North Branch of the Chicago River. Lara Korte, WSJ, "As Urban Housing Boom Continues, Developers Reclaim Forgotten Waterfronts," 19 June 2018 Nearby gentrification is sprouting in a few trendy coffee bars and a sleek creperie. The Economist, "The bottom rungFinancial inclusion in the rich world," 3 May 2018 The skyline is speckled with cranes and new high-rises are constantly sprouting up. Josh Baugh, San Antonio Express-News, "Council committee approves protected views for iconic local sites," 18 Apr. 2018 Avoid anything that is sprouting, soft or that has an odor. Jennifer Farley, charlotteobserver, "The produce aisle cheat sheet you shouldn't shop without | Charlotte Observer," 10 Apr. 2018 Prune off all growth that is not sprouting out now. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "Give a beloved plant more time to recover from freeze damage or pull it up? Here's how to tell," 7 Apr. 2018 Art Deco towers began to sprout up among the New York and Chicago skylines, with the vast majority of the steel coming from two companies: U.S. Steel and Bethlehem Steel. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "The Entire History of Steel," 9 July 2018 To make things worse a single pigweed plant can produce half a million seeds, each of which has the genetic machinery to sprout into more hardy weeds. Brooke Borel, Scientific American, "Weeds Are Winning the War against Herbicide Resistance," 18 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Default ingredients include soft potato wedges that absorb the sauce, as well as broccoli, celery, cauliflower, soybean sprouts, and bright red chiles with cilantro and sesame seeds. Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, "All hail Hunanese dry hot pot at Sizzling Pot King," 5 July 2018 Nordic vegetables are cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, roots and peas. NBC News, "What is the Nordic diet — and why do doctors, dietitians and even psychiatrists like it so much?," 22 June 2018 On their own, the Brussels sprouts made for a good cooked salad with bacon and blue cheese, crowned with a fried egg and its golden yolk. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "Review: The Winchester British pub fires blanks on Broadway," 21 June 2018 Broccoli is one of the cruciferous vegetables, which includes Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale and collard greens. Allison Horton, miamiherald, "Want to reduce your odds of getting cancer? Stay active, lose weight and eat healthy," 25 May 2018 And up on the mountain passes, a sprout of cold air associated with a weak front may lower snow levels. Eder Campuzano, OregonLive.com, "Portland metro Saturday weather: Some sun, high in the low 60s to cap off spring break," 31 Mar. 2018 Creamy new-crop potatoes deserve a little appreciation before they’re sent off to root cellars, and Mr. Hardy built a fine appetizer around them with leggy broccoli sprouts and melting chunks of fresh mozzarella spiked with anchovy. New York Times, "Legacy Records Looks for History in a Brand New Neighborhood," 19 June 2018 Beef or turkey meatballs with a choice of sauces come on sandwiches or with sides like fried Brussels sprouts and creamy polenta. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "18 new restaurants in Carmel, Noblesville, Westfield and Indianapolis' north side," 27 June 2018 Monsanto crew members count hybrid corn sprouts in a testing field near Kihei, Hawaii, in 2014. Mark Lynas, WSJ, "Confession of an Anti-GMO Activist," 22 June 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 \
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 \

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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