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noun growth pronunciation in British English /ɡrəʊθ/ 
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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 per cent.

  2. 2
    [singular/uncountable] economics an increase in the success of a business or a country's economy, or in the amount of money invested in them

    a market which has shown real growth

    The engineering sector achieved significant growth last year.

    economic/industrial growth:

    measures designed to stimulate economic growth

  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. c.
      used about a part of your body, especially your hair or nails

      There is no evidence that the drug increases hair growth.

    3. d.
      used about bacteria, cells, or crystals

      Some hormones inhibit the growth of cancer cells.

  4. 4
    [uncountable] something that grows or has recently grown, for example on a plant
    growth of:

    He had several weeks' growth of beard.

    new growth:

    New growth will develop during spring.

  5. 6
    [uncountable] someone's emotional and spiritual development
    personal growth:

    ways to encourage our personal and spiritual growth

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used with other nouns to describe the unexpected and often unwanted effects of a particular situation or trend

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