exponential growth

[ (ek-spuh-nen-shuhl) ]

Growth of a system in which the amount being added to the system is proportional to the amount already present: the bigger the system is, the greater the increase. (See geometric progression.)

Notes for exponential growth

In everyday speech, exponential growth means runaway expansion, such as in population growth.

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How to use exponential growth in a sentence

  • Just as Latino fraternities exploded in the 1970s, Asian fraternities experienced a period of exponential growth during the 1990s.

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