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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theygrow into
he/she/itgrows into
present participlegrowing into
past tensegrew into
past participlegrown into
  1. 1
    grow into something/someone to develop and become a particular thing or person

    This seedling should grow into a tall attractive plant.

    She had grown into a beautiful woman.

  2. 2
    grow into something if children grow into clothes, they become the right size to wear clothes that were too big
  3. 3
    grow into something if you grow into a situation or activity, you gradually start knowing what to do because you have more experience

    She needs time to grow into her new role.

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to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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