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
Definition for grow (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for grow
We need to recover and grow the idea that the proper answer to bad speech is more and better speech.
Any plans to grow her exercise movement must, she insists, remain “completely organic.”How Taryn Toomey’s ‘The Class’ Became New York’s Latest Fitness Craze|Lizzie Crocker|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The genetic material can grow quickly, but are typically riddled with errors or defects.
All of my stories are about people trying hard not to grow up.Here’s the Lost Judd Apatow ‘Simpsons’ Episode, Penned by Judd Apatow|Asawin Suebsaeng|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Plenty of Jewish kids today grow up with a Christmas tree next to their menorah.
Deucalion and Pyrrha saw the bright waste of water sink and grow dim and the hills emerge, and the earth show green once more.Old Greek Folk Stories Told Anew|Josephine Preston Peabody
It seems to be a place wherein a man may grow old comfortably.Critical Miscellanies (Vol. 3 of 3)|John Morley
My only fear is that the coral may grow over and cover it up before I am free to get out there.Stories of the Ships|Lewis R. Freeman
Some are soluble in water, as shown by the discoloration of the substances on which they grow.The Fundamentals of Bacteriology|Charles Bradfield Morrey
HOW to obtain the fruit which we felt convinced must grow near at hand was our first thought.Typee|Herman Melville
British Dictionary definitions for grow
verb grows, growing, grew (ɡruː) or grown (ɡrəʊn)
Word Origin for grow
Word Origin and History for grow
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]
Medicine definitions for grow
Idioms and Phrases with grow
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