- The definition of grow is to become or cause something to become larger in size or to undergo the natural process of developing.
- An example of grow is when a child gets older and begins to develop.
- An example of grow is when your hair becomes longer.
- An example of grow is when a plant starts as a seed and then develops.
- An example of grow is when you do the action of causing a plant to germinate and then develop.
- An example of grow is when you take your money and invest it to make more of it.
intransitive verbgrew, grown, growing
- to come into being or be produced naturally; spring up; sprout
- to exist as living vegetation; thrive: cactus grows in sand
- to increase in size and develop toward maturity, as a plant or animal does by assimilating food
- to increase in size, quantity, or degree, or in some specified manner: to grow in wisdom
- to come to be; become: to grow weary
- to become attached or united by growth
Origin of growMiddle English growen ; from Old English growan, akin to Old Norse grōa, Old High German gruoen ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ghrō-, to grow, turn green from source green, grass
- to cause to grow; raise; cultivate
- to cause to develop or flourish: to grow a business
- to cover with a growth: used in the passive: a yard grown over with weeds
- to allow to grow: to grow a beard
- to cause to be or to exist; develop
- to develop so as to be: a boy grows into a man
- to grow or develop so as to fit into or be suited to
grow out of
- to develop from
- to outgrow
- to reach maturity; become adult or attain full growth
- to come to be; develop; arise
verbgrew grew , grown grown , grow·ing, grows
- To increase in size by a natural process.
- a. To expand; gain: The business grew under new owners.b. To increase in amount or degree; intensify: The suspense grew.
- To develop and reach maturity.
- To be capable of growth; thrive: a plant that grows in shade.
- To become attached by or as if by the process of growth: tree trunks that had grown together.
- To come into existence from a source; spring up: love that grew from friendship.
- To come to be by a gradual process or by degrees; become: grow angry; grow closer.
- To cause to grow; raise: grow tulips.
- To allow (something) to develop or increase by a natural process: grow a beard.
- Usage Problem To cause to increase or expand by concerted effort: strategies that grew the family business.
Origin of growMiddle English growen, from Old English grōwan; see ghrē- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present grows, present participle growing, simple past grew, past participle grown)
- (ergative) To become bigger.
- Children grow quickly.
- (intransitive) To appear or sprout.
- Flowers grew on the trees as summer approached.
- A long tail began to grow from his backside.
- To cause or allow something to become bigger, especially to cultivate plants.
- He grows peppers and squash each summer in his garden.
- Have you ever grown your hair before?
- (copulative) To assume a condition or quality over time.
- The boy grew wise as he matured.
- The town grew smaller and smaller in the distance as we travelled.
- You have grown strong.
- Growed is a slang or dialect inflection for the simple past and past participle.
From Middle English growen, from Old English grōwan (“to grow, increase, flourish, germinate”), from Proto-Germanic *grōaną (“to grow, grow green”), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰreh₁- (“to grow, become green”).
Cognate with Scots grow, grew (“to grow”), North Frisian grojen, growen (“to grow”), West Frisian groeie (“to grow”), Dutch groeien (“to grow”), Middle High German grüejen (“to grow, grow green”), Danish gro (“to grow”), Norwegian gro (“to grow”), Swedish gro (“to germinate, grow, sprout”), Icelandic gróa (“to grow”), Latin herba (“plant, herb, weed”), Swedish gröda (“crop”), North Frisian greyde (“growth, pasture”). Related to growth, grass, green.