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verb sprout pronunciation in American English /spraʊt/
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present tense
I/you/we/theysprout
he/she/itsprouts
present participlesprouting
past tensesprouted
past participlesprouted
  1. 2

    sprout

    or

    sprout up

    [intransitive] if things sprout or sprout up somewhere, they appear there or increase in number suddenly and very quickly

    New businesses began to sprout up across the country.

    Anti-government posters are sprouting up along a nearby wall.

    1. a.
      used about something that comes out of a surface

      Thick pipes sprouted from the floor and disappeared through the ceiling.

  2. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] if something such as hair sprouts, or if you sprout it, it starts to grow suddenly or quickly

    The monster sprouted a new head each time he attacked it.

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