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verb     sprout pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlesprouting
past tensesprouted
past participlesprouted
  1. 1
    [intransitive] if a leaf or other part of a plant is sprouting, it is beginning to grow on the plant
    1. a.
      [intransitive] if a plant sprouts, new leaves or shoots begin to grow on it
    2. b.
      [transitive] to make a plant start to produce new leaves or shoots
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  2. 2



    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.

  3. 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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