Grow Definition

grew, growing, grown, grows
grew, growing, grown, grows
To increase in size and develop toward maturity, as a plant or animal does by assimilating food.
Webster's New World
To exist as living vegetation; thrive.
Cactus grows in sand.
Webster's New World
To expand; gain.
The business grew under new owners.
American Heritage
To cause to develop or flourish.
To grow a business.
Webster's New World
To increase in size, quantity, or degree, or in some specified manner.
To grow in wisdom.
Webster's New World
grow out of
  • To develop or come into existence from:

    an article that grew out of a few scribbled notes.

American Heritage
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
Webster's New World
grow on
  • to have a gradually increasing effect on; come gradually to seem more important, dear, or admirable to
Webster's New World
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

  • 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

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

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

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