grow

[ groh ]
/ groʊ /

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.
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British Dictionary definitions for grow out of (1 of 2)

grow out of


verb

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

British Dictionary definitions for grow out of (2 of 2)

grow

/ (ɡrəʊ) /

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

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 (1 of 2)

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.

Idioms and Phrases with grow out of (2 of 2)

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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