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Definition of growth

1a(1) : a stage in the process of growing : size
(2) : full growth
b : the process of growing
c : progressive development : evolution
d : increase, expansion the growth of the oil industry
2a : something that grows or has grown a growth of willows
b : an abnormal proliferation of tissue (such as a tumor)
c : outgrowth
d : the result of growth : product Protestantism was a relatively recent growth.
3 : a producing especially by growing fruits of his own growth
4 : anticipated progressive growth especially in capital value and income some investors prefer growth to immediate income

Examples of growth in a Sentence

He had a growth spurt when he was 16 years old. She's concerned that the medication might slow her child's growth. He discovered a substance that promotes the growth of new blood vessels. The city has undergone explosive growth in recent years. He sees his college years as an opportunity for personal growth. It's important to prune the bush every year to encourage new growth. Their profits have averaged five percent growth in the last four years. The tree has an average annual growth of almost a foot. a thick growth of underbrush
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Recent Examples on the Web China is showing no signs of halting its military growth, and Beijing has partially attributed that to one major factor -- the US. Ben Westcott And Eric Cheung, CNN, 19 Nov. 2021 Holiday shoppers this year are forecast to spend $1 of every $4 this season buying things online, as ecommerce continues its relentless growth. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 18 Nov. 2021 California state officials are trying to chart a course that forces the rapidly expanding logistics industry to confront the environmental injustice spawned by its explosive growth. Los Angeles Times, 18 Nov. 2021 Kingsbury briefly spoke about his growth as a three-year NFL coach, having a better feel as to what works and what doesn't work. Dana Scott, The Arizona Republic, 18 Nov. 2021 This is the third time Kandji has raised money this year to support its rapid growth — sparked by more people working from anywhere. Mike Freeman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Nov. 2021 But the pandemic darlings aren’t finished, even if their most explosive growth has petered out. Matt Phillips, New York Times, 17 Nov. 2021 The company said its sales growth gained pace through the past three months, showing that consumer demand has remained high for home products such as appliances and flooring. Matt Grossman, WSJ, 16 Nov. 2021 In 2016 a number of these companies made news by stopping their so-far-unobstructed growth. Corey Mintz, Wired, 16 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of growth

1557, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

History and Etymology for growth

grow + -th entry 3

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Dictionary Entries Near growth

grow (plants) from seed


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22 Nov 2021

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English Language Learners Definition of growth

: natural increase in size
: the process of forming or developing something
: an increase in the number, amount, or size of something


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Kids Definition of growth

1 : a stage or condition in increasing, developing, or maturing The tree reached its full growth.
2 : a natural process of increasing in size or developing growth of a crystal
3 : a gradual increase the growth of wealth
4 : something (as a covering of plants) produced by growing


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Medical Definition of growth

1a(1) : a stage in the process of growing
(2) : full growth
b : the process of growing
2a : something that grows or has grown
b : an abnormal proliferation of tissue (as a tumor)

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