grow·​ing | \ ˈgrō-iŋ How to pronounce growing (audio) \

Definition of growing

1a : increasing in size or amount growing children a growing number of wealthy residents growing success
b : becoming greater in prevalence, popularity, or influence a growing trend a growing controversy Mr. Moseley and others like him are on the front lines of a growing battle for control of the shop floor.— Alex Kotlowitz
2 : of, relating to, or being the period during which something (such as a plant) grows or matures ideal growing conditions Peel color may vary and is dependent upon night temperatures during the growing season.— M. McDevitt Rubin Researchers are, in fact, on the verge of field-testing … a new tomato designed to meet a set of cannery specifications for shorter growing cycle …— Jack Fincher

First Known Use of growing

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Growing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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