Grow meaning

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(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.

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To come to be by a gradual process or by degrees; become.

Grow angry; grow closer.

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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.

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To cover with a growth.

A yard grown over with weeds.

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To develop and reach maturity.
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To be capable of growth; thrive.

A plant that grows in shade.

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To come into being or be produced naturally; spring up; sprout.
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To become attached by or as if by the process of growth.

Tree trunks that had grown together.

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To come into existence from a source; spring up.

Love that grew from friendship.

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To cause to grow; raise.

Grow tulips.

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To allow (something) to develop or increase by a natural process.

Grow a beard.

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(usage problem) To cause to increase or expand by concerted effort.

Strategies that grew the family business.

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To exist as living vegetation; thrive.

Cactus grows in sand.

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To increase in size and develop toward maturity, as a plant or animal does by assimilating food.
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To increase in size, quantity, or degree, or in some specified manner.

To grow in wisdom.

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To come to be, esp. over a period of time.

To grow weary of the daily routine.

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To become attached or united by growth.
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To allow to grow.

To grow a beard.

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To cause to be or to exist; develop.
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(ergative) To become bigger.

Children grow quickly.

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(intransitive) To appear or sprout.

Flowers grew on the trees as summer approached.

A long tail began to grow from his backside.

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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?

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To increase in size by a natural process.
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grow out of
  • To develop or come into existence from:
    An article that grew out of a few scribbled notes.
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grow into
  • 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
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grow on
  • to have a gradually increasing effect on; come gradually to seem more important, dear, or admirable to
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grow out of
  • to develop from
  • to outgrow
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grow up
  • to reach maturity; become adult or attain full growth
  • to come to be; develop; arise
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Origin of grow

  • Middle English growen from Old English grōwan ghrē- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary