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 grown
Contemporary Examples of grown
But since those rosy scenarios were first floated, the California political scene has grown more crowded.The Golden State Preps for the ‘Red Wedding’ of Senate Races
January 9, 2015
In January 2014, a lifelong District of Columbia parks employee, Medric Mills, collapsed while walking with his grown daughter.
It has grown from a rotten root—striving to replace human judgment with detailed dictates.
He never suffered any physical abuse and had grown close with Jane, Brooke, and her family.Beaten By His Church for Being Gay
December 16, 2014
The British film industry had grown and Hitch was a star in its small firmament.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
Historical Examples of grown
A light not of this world is gleaming there; and it has grown brighter and clearer since we parted.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
Why the world should have grown cold at that particular moment, we do not know.
It had grown much too cold to do without some sort of artificial covering.
The sound in her ear had grown to a roar, as of many mill-wheels.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
It was through her renunciation that he had grown so strong, so pure, so good.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
- developed or advancedfully grown
- (in combination)half-grown
verb grows, growing, grew (ɡruː) or grown (ɡrəʊn)
Word Origin for grow
late 14c., past participle adjective from 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]
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