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‘Hasn’t Michael grown?’ said my aunt.
She must have grown at least four inches since I saw her last.
In the right conditions, shellfish can grow to considerable sizes.
Some of these creatures grew to a length of over 12 feet.
a fully grown lion
plants that grow naturally in peat bogs
The redwood tree can grow over 80 metres tall.
We left some of the better trees and let them grow to maturity.
The problem continues to grow.
The world’s population was growing faster than predicted.
By 1997, the town had grown big enough to need a school of its own.
a ripple of laughter that grew to a delighted roar
The waiting list for 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.
In the early part of the century, the industry grew steadily.
The economy has grown by 7% over the past year.
She could feel the anger growing inside her.
Fears were growing for his safety.
People need to be able to grow and develop in relationships.
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.
They had grown to love the place and the people.
He had grown to realize that she would never change.
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