- 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, grow′ing
- 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, esp. over a period of time: to grow weary of the daily routine
- to become attached or united by growth
Origin of growMiddle English growen from Old English growan, akin to Old Norse gr?a, Old High German gruoen from Indo-European base an unverified form ghr?-, 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, 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.
Usage Note: Grow is most often used as an intransitive verb, as in The corn grew fast or Our business has been growing steadily for 10 years. This use dates back to the Middle Ages. In the 1700s, a transitive sense arose with the meaning “to produce or cultivate,” as in We grow corn in our garden. Then, starting in the late 1900s, people began to use grow with a nonliving thing or even an abstraction as the direct object, often in the context of politics or business, as in One of our key strategies is to grow our business by increasing the number of clients. This trend was widely criticized. In 1992, only 20 percent of the Usage Panel accepted the sentence above, and only 48 percent accepted We've got to grow our way out of this recession. These usages remain common, however, and resistance to them has lessened: in 2014, 60 percent of the Panel accepted the grow our business sentence, and 65 percent accepted the grow our way out of the recession sentence. But Panelists strongly frown upon the phrase grow down, probably because it seems oxymoronic: 96 percent of the Panel found it unacceptable.
(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.