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Definition of sprout verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they sprout
    he / she / it sprouts
    past simple sprouted
    -ing form sprouting
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  1. 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. 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. 3[transitive, intransitive] to start to grow something; to start to grow on someone or 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.
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