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noun growth pronunciation in American English /ɡroʊθ/
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  1. 1
    [singular/uncountable] an increase in the number, size, or importance of something
    growth in: a substantial growth in the number of available jobs
    growth of: the international growth of capitalism
    period of growth: We are entering a period of rapid population growth.
    rate of growth: The annual rate of growth was 12 percent.
  2. 2
    [singular/uncountable] economics an increase in the success of a business or a countrys economy, or in the amount of money invested in them
    The engineering sector achieved significant growth last year.
    a market that has showed real growth
    economic/industrial growth: measures designed to stimulate economic growth
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    1. a.
      [only before noun] used for describing industries, activities, etc. that are growing quickly
      Computing remains a growth area.
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  3. 3
    [singular/uncountable] an increase in the size, number, or development of a living thing
    1. a.
      used about children and animals
      stunt (someone’s) growth (=stop it from happening correctly): Doctors fear that these medicines may stunt your growth.
    2. b.
      used about plants and trees
      More air means better root growth.
    3. c.
      used about a part of your body, especially your hair or nails
      There is no evidence that the drug increases hair growth.
    4. d.
      used about bacteria, cells, or crystals
      Some hormones inhibit the growth of cancer cells.
  4. 4
    [uncountable] someones emotional and spiritual development
    personal growth: ways to encourage our personal and spiritual growth
  5. 5
    [uncountable] something that grows or has recently grown, for example on a plant
    new growth: New growth will develop during the spring.
    growth of: He had several weeks’ growth of beard.
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