grow

[groh]

verb (used without object), grew, grown, grow·ing.

verb (used with object), grew, grown, grow·ing.

Verb Phrases


Idioms

    grow a pair, Slang: Vulgar. pair1(def 23).

Origin of grow

before 900; Middle English growen, Old English grōwan; cognate with Dutch groeien, Old High German grouwan, Old Norse grōa
Related formsgrow·a·ble, adjectivere·grow, verb, re·grew, re·grown, re·grow·ing.

Synonyms for grow

Antonyms for grow

1. decrease. 4. wane.
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British Dictionary definitions for grow out of

grow out of

verb

(intr, adverb + preposition) to become too big or mature forshe soon grew out of her girlish ways

grow

verb grows, growing, grew (ɡruː) or grown (ɡrəʊn)

(of an organism or part of an organism) to increase in size or develop (hair, leaves, or other structures)
(intr; usually foll by out of or from) to originate, as from an initial cause or sourcethe federation grew out of the Empire
(intr) to increase in size, number, degree, etcthe population is growing rapidly
(intr) to change in length or amount in a specified directionsome plants grow downwards; profits over the years grew downwards
(copula; may take an infinitive) (esp of emotions, physical states, etc) to develop or come into existence or being graduallyto grow cold; to grow morose; he grew to like her
(intr usually foll by up) to come into existencea close friendship grew up between them
(intr foll by together) to be joined gradually by or as by growththe branches on the tree grew together
(intr; foll by away, together, etc) to develop a specified state of friendshipthe lovers grew together gradually; many friends grow apart over the years
(when intr, foll by with) to become covered with a growththe path grew with weeds
to produce (plants) by controlling or encouraging their growth, esp for home consumption or on a commercial basis

Word Origin for grow

Old English grōwan; related to Old Norse grōa, Old Frisian grōia, Old High German gruoen; see green, grass
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Word Origin and History for grow out of

grow

v.

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]
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Medicine definitions for grow out of

grow

[grō]

v.

To increase in size by a natural process.
To develop and reach maturity.
To be capable of growth; thrive.
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Idioms and Phrases with grow out of

grow out of

1

Develop or come into existence from. For example, This article grew out of a few scribbled notes, or Their mutual trust grew out of long acquaintance.

2

Also, outgrow. Become too large or mature for, as in The baby's grown out of all her dresses, or He will outgrow these picture books in a few months.

grow

In addition to the idioms beginning with grow

  • growing pains
  • grow into
  • grow on
  • grow out of
  • grow up

also see:

  • absence makes the heart grow fonder
  • let the grass grow under one's feet
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