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1 pass into a condition gradually, take on a specific property or attribute; become; "The weather turned nasty"; "She grew angry" [syn: turn]
2 become larger, greater, or bigger; expand or gain; "The problem grew too large for me"; "Her business grew fast"
3 increase in size by natural process; "Corn doesn't grow here"; "In these forests, mushrooms grow under the trees"
4 cause to grow or develop; "He grows vegetables in his backyard"
5 develop and reach maturity; undergo maturation; "He matured fast"; "The child grew fast" [syn: mature, maturate]
6 come into existence; take on form or shape; "A new religious movement originated in that country"; "a love that sprang up from friendship"; "the idea for the book grew out of a short story"; "An interesting phenomenon uprose" [syn: originate, arise, rise, develop, uprise, spring up]
7 cultivate by growing, often involving improvements by means of agricultural techniques; "The Bordeaux region produces great red wines"; "They produce good ham in Parma"; "We grow wheat here"; "We raise hogs here" [syn: raise, farm, produce]
8 come to have or undergo a change of (physical features and attributes); "He grew a beard"; "The patient developed abdominal pains"; "I got funny spots all over my body"; "Well-developed breasts" [syn: develop, produce, get, acquire]
9 grow emotionally or mature; "The child developed beautifully in her new kindergarten"; "When he spent a summer at camp, the boy grew noticeably and no longer showed some of his old adolescent behavior" [syn: develop]
10 become attached by or as if by the process of growth; "The tree trunks had grown together" [also: grown, grew]

User Contributed Dictionary



Old English grōwan, from Germanic *grō-. Cognate with Dutch groeien. Compare grass, green.


  • /ɡrəʊ/, /gr@U/
  • Rhymes: -əʊ


  1. To become bigger.
    Children grow quickly.
  2. To appear or sprout.
    The plant began to grow.
    A long tail began to grow from his backside.
  3. To cause something to become bigger, especially plants.
    He grows peppers and squash each summer in his garden.

Related terms

Usage notes

Growed is a slang or dialect inflection for the simple past and past participle.


(intransitive) to become bigger
  • Czech: růst
  • Danish: vokse, udvikle sig
  • Finnish: kasvaa
  • German: wachsen
  • Hungarian: nő
  • Kurdish:
    Sorani: گه‌وره‌بوون
  • Swedish: växa
(intransitive) to appear or sprout
  • Danish: vokse, gro, udvikle sig
  • Finnish: kasvaa
  • German: wachsen
  • Hungarian: nő, növekszik
  • Kurdish:
    Sorani: ده‌رچوون
  • Swedish: växa
(transitive) to cause something to become bigger
  • Czech: pěstovat
  • Danish: dyrke
  • Finnish: kasvattaa
  • German: anbauen, ziehen, züchten
  • Hungarian: termel, termeszt
  • Kurdish:
    Sorani: ڕواندن
  • Swedish: odla


Extensive Definition

Grow may refer to:
  • GROW, a non-profit peer support and mutual aid organization for recovery from, and prevention of, serious mental illness.
  • Grow, a Law & Order Criminal Intent episode.
  • Growth, an increase in some quantity over time or a measure of some principal.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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