- 1[intransitive] (of plants or seeds) to produce new leaves or buds; to start to grow new leaves sprouting from the trees The seeds will sprout in a few days.
- 2[intransitive, transitive] to appear; to develop something, especially in large numbers Hundreds of mushrooms had sprouted up overnight. sprout something The town has sprouted shopping malls, discos and nightclubs in recent years.
- 3[transitive, intransitive] to start to grow something; to start to grow on somebody/something sprout something Tim has sprouted a beard since we last saw him. I wished I could just sprout wings and fly away. sprout from something Hair sprouted from his chest. Word Origin Middle English: of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch spruiten and German spriessen.
BrE BrE//spraʊt//; NAmE NAmE//spraʊt//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they sprout
BrE BrE//spraʊt//; NAmE NAmE//spraʊt//he / she / it sprouts
BrE BrE//spraʊts//; NAmE NAmE//spraʊts//past simple sprouted
BrE BrE//ˈspraʊtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈspraʊtɪd//past participle sprouted
BrE BrE//ˈspraʊtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈspraʊtɪd//-ing form sprouting
BrE BrE//ˈspraʊtɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈspraʊtɪŋ//