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noun     growth pronunciation in British English
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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

    economic/industrial growth:

    measures designed to stimulate economic growth

    1. a.
      [only before noun] used for describing industries, activities etc that are growing quickly
  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.

  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. 5
    [countable] a lump that grows inside or on a person, animal, or plant, caused by cells that have grown in a way that is not normal

    a cancerous growth

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

    ways to encourage our personal and spiritual growth

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