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verb grow pronunciation in American English /ɡroʊ/
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present tense
I/you/we/theygrow
he/she/itgrows
present participlegrowing
past tensegrew
past participlegrown
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  1. 1
    [intransitive] if children or animals grow, they become taller or larger
    “Hasn’t Michael grown?” said my aunt.
    grow several inches/a lot/very tall etc.: She must have grown at least four inches since the last time I saw her.
    fully grown (=having grown to full size): a fully grown lion
    grow to a size/height/length: In the right conditions, shellfish can grow to considerable sizes.
    Some of these creatures grew to a length of over 12 feet.
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  2. 2
    [intransitive] if plants or trees grow, they develop and get larger or taller
    The redwood tree can grow to over 100 feet tall.
    plants that grow naturally in swampy land
    grow to maturity: We left some of the better trees and let them grow to maturity.
    1. a.
      [intransitive] if trees or plants grow somewhere, they exist there
      The trees grew almost to the water’s edge.
    2. b.
      [transitive] if you grow plants, you take care of them and help them to develop
      They grew all their own vegetables.
      Various crops are grown here.
      the country’s largest rice-growing area
      grow something from something: I’ve grown these geraniums from seed.
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    3. c.
  3. 4
    [intransitive] to increase in size
    The world’s population was growing faster than predicted.
    By 1997, the town had grown big enough to need a high school of its own.
    The problem continues to grow.
    grow longer: The waiting list for public housing is growing longer every year.
    grow in size/number/amount: The database will grow in size as necessary.
    grow at a fast/record etc. rate: By now the road network was growing at an alarming rate.
    grow to: a ripple of laughter that grew to a delighted roar
  4. 5
    [intransitive] if a business or the economy grows, more money is used in it and it becomes more successful
    In the early part of the century, the industry grew steadily.
    grow by 10%/20% etc.: The economy has grown by 7% over the past year.
    1. a.
      [transitive] to make a business or the economy grow
      He has spent the past seven years growing his business.
  5. 6
    [intransitive] if you grow, the emotional or spiritual part of your character becomes stronger
    People need to be able to grow and develop in relationships.
  6. 7
    [linking verb] literary used for saying that someone or something gradually starts to have a feeling or quality
    The nights were growing darker.
    Nina was growing bored.
    The king grew increasingly suspicious of his officials.
    grow used to/accustomed to: Branson had grown accustomed to the old man’s eccentricities.
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  7. 8
    [intransitive] if feelings or qualities grow, they become stronger
    She could feel the anger growing inside her.
    Fears were growing for his safety.

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