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"Hasn't Michael grown?" said my aunt.
She must have grown at least four inches since the last time I saw her.
a fully grown lion
In the right conditions, shellfish can grow to considerable sizes.
Some of these creatures grew to a length of over 12 feet.
The redwood tree can grow to over 100 feet tall.
plants that grow naturally in swampy land
We left some of the better trees and let them grow to maturity.
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.
The waiting list for public housing is growing longer every year.
The database will grow in size as necessary.
By now the road network was growing at an alarming rate.
a ripple of laughter that grew to a delighted roar
In the early part of the century, the industry grew steadily.
The economy has grown by 7% over the past year.
The nights were growing darker.
Nina was growing bored.
The king grew increasingly suspicious of his officials.
Branson had grown accustomed to the old man's eccentricities.
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