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verb grow pronunciation in British English /ɡrəʊ/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlegrowing
past tensegrew
past participlegrown
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  1. 1
    [intransitive] if children or animals grow, they become taller or larger
    ‘Hasn’t Michael grown?’ said my aunt.
    grow several inches/a lot/very tall etc: She must have grown at least four inches since I saw her last.
    grow to a size/height/length: In the right conditions, shellfish can grow to considerable sizes.
    Some of these creatures grew to a length of over 12 feet.
    fully grown (=having grown to full size): a fully grown lion
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  2. 2
    [intransitive] if plants or trees grow, they develop and get larger or taller
    plants that grow naturally in peat bogs
    The redwood tree can grow over 80 metres tall.
    grow to maturity: We left some of the better trees and let them grow to maturity.
    1. a.
      [intransitive] if trees or plants grow somewhere, they exist there
      The trees grew almost to the water’s edge.
    2. b.
      [transitive] if you grow plants, you look after them and help them to develop
      the country’s largest rice-growing area
      They grew all their own vegetables.
      Various crops are grown here.
      grow something from something: I’ve grown these geraniums from seed.
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  3. 4
    [intransitive] to increase in size
    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.
    grow to: a ripple of laughter that grew to a delighted roar
    grow longer: The waiting list for housing is growing longer every year.
    grow in size/number/amount: The database will grow in size as necessary.
    grow at a fast/record etc rate: By now the road network was growing at an alarming rate.
  4. 5
    [intransitive] if a business or the economy grows, more money is used in it and it becomes more successful
    In the early part of the century, the industry grew steadily.
    grow by 10%/20% etc: The economy has grown by 7% over the past year.
    1. a.
      [transitive] to make a business or the economy grow
      He has spent the past seven years growing his business.
  5. 6
    [intransitive] if feelings or qualities grow, they become stronger
    She could feel the anger growing inside her.
    Fears were growing for his safety.
  6. 7
    [intransitive] if you grow, the emotional or spiritual part of your character becomes stronger
    People need to be able to grow and develop in relationships.
  7. 8
    [linking verb] literary used for saying that someone or something gradually starts to have a feeling or quality
    The nights were growing darker.
    Nina was growing bored.
    The king grew increasingly suspicious of his officials.
    grow used to/accustomed to: Branson had grown accustomed to the old man’s eccentricities.
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