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Definition of grow verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they grow
    he / she / it grows
    past simple grew
    past participle grown
    -ing form growing
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  1. 1[intransitive] to increase in size, number, strength, or quality The company profits grew by 5% last year. Agrowing number of people are becoming vegetarians. Fears are growing for the safety of a teenager who disappeared a week ago. There is growing opposition to the latest proposals. Shortage of water is a growing problem. The performance improved as their confidence grew. grow in something The family has grown in size recently. She is growing in confidence all the time. + adj. The company is growing bigger all the time.
  2. of person/animal
  3. 2[intransitive] to become bigger or taller and develop into an adult You've grown since the last time I saw you! Larry grew almost an inch in the last month. The puppies grow quickly during the first six months. A growing child needs plenty of sleep. + adj. to grow bigger/taller
  4. of plant
  5. 3[intransitive, transitive] to exist and develop in a particular place; to make plants grow The region is too dry for plants to grow. These roses grow to a height of 6 feet. Tomatoes grow best in direct sunlight. grow something I didn't know they grew rice in France. I grew all these flowers from one package of seeds. see also homegrown
  6. of hair/nails
  7. 4[intransitive, transitive] to become longer; to allow something to become longer by not cutting it I've decided to let my hair grow. grow something I didn't recognize him—he's grown a beard.
  8. become/begin
  9. 5linking verb + adj. to begin to have a particular quality or feeling over a period of time to grow old/bored/calm As time went on he grew more and more impatient. The skies grew dark and it began to rain.
  10. 6[intransitive] grow to do something to gradually begin to do something I'm sure you'll grow to like her in time. He grew to understand her reasons for leaving.
  11. develop skills
  12. 7[intransitive] grow (as something) (of a person) to develop and improve particular qualities or skills She continues to grow as an artist. A secure background will help a child to grow emotionally.
  13. business
  14. 8[transitive] grow something to increase the size, quality, or number of something We are trying to grow the business.
  15. Idioms
    absence makes the heart grow fonder (saying)
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    used to say that when you are away from someone that you love, you love them even more
    great/tall oaks from little acorns grow (saying)
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    something large and successful often begins in a very small way
    money doesn't grow on trees (saying)
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    used to tell someone not to use something or spend money carelessly because you do not have a lot of it
    not let the grass grow under your feet
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    to not delay in getting things done
    Phrasal Verbsgrow apart (from somebody)grow backgrow into somethinggrow on somebodygrow outgrow somethingoutgrow out of somethinggrow up
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: grow