verb (used without object), grew, grown, grow·ing.
verb (used with object), grew, grown, grow·ing.
- to become large enough for: He'll grow into his brother's suits before long.
- to become mature or experienced enough for: She grew into the job, although she wasn't qualified for it at first.
- to increase in influence or effect: An uneasy feeling grew upon him as he went through the old house.
- to become gradually more liked or accepted by: a village by the sea that grows on one.
- to become too large or mature for; outgrow: He has grown out of all his clothes.
- to originate in; develop from: The plan grew out of a casual conversation.
- to be or become fully grown; attain mental or physical maturity.
- to come into existence; arise: New cities grew up in the desert.
Origin of grow
Synonyms for grow
Antonyms for grow
Examples from the Web for grew
Contemporary Examples of grew
As she discussed her understanding of the voting rights campaign and how she planned to recreate it, I grew more relieved.Dr. King Goes to Hollywood: The Flawed History of ‘Selma’
January 2, 2015
“I grew up in a household with really strong women,” Zufi explains.Can Hip-Hop Prevent Honor Killings?
December 30, 2014
He grew up both a computer geek in the early days of video games and an avid record collector.DJ Spooky Wants You To Question Everything You Know About Music, Technology, and Philosophy
December 27, 2014
Because we all grew up initially thinking it was “God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen.”Yes, I Like Christmas Music. Stop Laughing.
December 24, 2014
Dickens grew up in a London where child labor was ruthlessly exploited.How Dickens and Scrooge Saved Christmas
December 22, 2014
Historical Examples of grew
He grew pale with passion, turned on his heel, and strode away.Brave and Bold
But all the while, the days grew shorter and the nights were colder than they ought to have been.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
But the day grew old and passed, and the dream was not told.Weighed and Wanting
It seemed as if she grew an inch taller in her scorn of the Inspector's saying.
Demarest grew grave again, as he put the question that was troubling him most.
verb grows, growing, grew (ɡruː) or grown (ɡrəʊn)
Word Origin for grow
past tense of grow, from Old English greow, past tense of growan.
Old English growan (of plants) "to grow, flourish, increase, develop, get bigger" (class VII strong verb; past tense greow, past participle growen), from Proto-Germanic *gro- (cf. Old Norse groa, Old Frisian groia, Dutch groeien, Old High German gruoen), from PIE root *ghre- (see grass). Applied in Middle English to human beings (c.1300) and animals (early 15c.) and their parts, supplanting Old English weaxan (see wax (v.)).
Have you ever heard anything about God, Topsy? ... Do you know who made you?" "Nobody, as I knows on," said the child. ... "I spect I grow'd. Don't think nobody never made me." [Harriet B. Stowe, "Uncle Tom's Cabin," 1851]
In addition to the idioms beginning with grow
- growing pains
- grow into
- grow on
- grow out of
- grow up
- absence makes the heart grow fonder
- let the grass grow under one's feet