\ 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 Grisham isn't the first former Trump staffer to profit from her role in a destructive presidency with a publishing deal and spontaneously sprout a conscience once the book drops. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, 5 Oct. 2021 Several tails sprout off the top of them and rise vertically, forming those narrow towers classically referred to as plumes. Quanta Magazine, 15 Sep. 2021 Every day, new homeless encampments sprout up on city and suburban streets. Los Angeles Times, 11 Sep. 2021 For example, the tree will re-sprout all around the cut top, and the branch attachments are weak at these points. oregonlive, 4 Sep. 2021 Suckers, or new young branches, may sprout from the base of the tree or from lower branches. Beth Botts, chicagotribune.com, 22 Aug. 2021 From sunny landings on the way up, acres of alderleaf mountain mahogany bushes that sprout long, feathery seeds in summer through early fall blanket the slopes like winter frost. Mare Czinar, The Arizona Republic, 24 Sep. 2021 Even rates of long COVID, which can sprout from initially silent infections, seemed to be substantially slashed by shots. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 21 Sep. 2021 Hackberry trees are rarely planted but naturally sprout and grow as big weeds from seeds spread by birds. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, 20 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun All these seeds popped by critters lay dormant in the soil and sprout next year for another batch of jewelweed. Sheryl Devore, chicagotribune.com, 14 Oct. 2021 Israel has made the cyber desert sprout with industry-changing technologies and innovative startups whose tech is (undoubtedly) incorporated in the digital heavy-hitter's investment portfolio. Dr. Oren Eytan, Forbes, 16 Sep. 2021 Plant-crossing is when people take a sprout home to try nurturing it. Maggie Hiufu Wong, CNN, 8 Sep. 2021 In others, where firefights sprout, desperate residents are forced from their homes, trudging hundreds of kilometers on foot in exodus. Matt Sedensky, Anchorage Daily News, 18 Aug. 2021 Repeat site inspection, sprout removal and chemical treatment regularly for a few years or until new sumac sprouts fail to emerge. oregonlive, 22 Aug. 2021 All around it, new Jewish towns sprout, making natural growth impossible. New York Times, 1 Aug. 2021 When floods come surging through during the monsoon, the waters renew the riparian vegetation, helping new cottonwoods sprout in curving rows along the riverbanks. Ian James, AZCentral.com, 7 Sep. 2021 On a recent walk through her backyard and down to the trail, Gibert spotted a chokecherry tree sprout out of the corner of her eye, a few leaves no wider than an inch or two. Morgan Krakow, Anchorage Daily News, 25 Aug. 2021

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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 27 Oct. 2021.

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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


intransitive verb
\ 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



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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