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
Related Words for growwiden, sprout, cultivate, develop, raise, flourish, breed, increase, spread, build, thrive, swell, rise, produce, gain, multiply, come, expand, advance, age
Examples from the Web for grow
Contemporary Examples of grow
We need to recover and grow the idea that the proper answer to bad speech is more and better speech.How the PC Police Threaten Free Speech
January 9, 2015
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
January 9, 2015
The genetic material can grow quickly, but are typically riddled with errors or defects.Design Your Own Dinosaur: The Era of Custom DNA
January 8, 2015
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
January 6, 2015
Plenty of Jewish kids today grow up with a Christmas tree next to their menorah.Harry Potter and the Torah of Terror
Candida Moss, Joel Baden
January 4, 2015
Historical Examples of grow
It looks as if the dew was on it; but the tears will not make it grow again—will they?Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
"You grow dearer every minute," she assured them on her last night at home.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
If you grow up and have muscles like them, you can call yourself a man.Way of the Lawless
My land would not grow corn enough, or good enough for my necessity.Weighed and Wanting
What do they do but live and suck in sustenance and grow fat?The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
verb grows, growing, grew (ɡruː) or grown (ɡrəʊn)
Word Origin 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]
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