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[groh-ing] /ˈgroʊ ɪŋ/
becoming greater in quantity, size, extent, or intensity:
growing discontent among industrial workers.
having or showing life.
Origin of growing
before 900; Middle English; Old English growende. See grow, -ing2
Related forms
growingly, adverb
ungrowing, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • She, a close student, too, but growingly distant and reticent.


    George Washington Cable
  • He thought less of what it symbolized; more and growingly more of what it was.

    Arundel Edward Frederic Benson
  • Dick was acutely and growingly sensitive to the influence Iola had upon him.

    The Doctor Ralph Connor
  • But the life of our larger cities is growingly inimical to kitchens.

    The Comforts of Home Ralph Bergengren
  • But the ostracism of the entire official class of the old South was growingly recognized as a grievance and a wrong.

    The Negro and the Nation George S. Merriam
  • This is growingly true, I am sorry to say, with both basket makers and blanket weavers.

  • She had quite forgotten, in her growingly anxious hours, all about poor Becky and her sorrows.

    The Shield of Silence Harriet T. Comstock
  • But his particular branch of trade failed, and he had to seek a growingly obsolete kind of work where it was to be found.

  • It is not surprising to find various popes passing edicts against this new and growingly influential form of public entertainment.

    How to See a Play Richard Burton
  • The new school of Southern writers found their material near at hand and yet from a past growingly remote.

Word Origin and History for growingly



Old English, present participle adjective from grow (v.). Growing season is attested from 1729; growing pains by 1752.



late 14c., verbal noun from grow (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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