- past participle of grow.
- to increase by natural development, as any living organism or part by assimilation of nutriment; increase in size or substance.
- to form and increase in size by a process of inorganic accretion, as by crystallization.
- to arise or issue as a natural development from an original happening, circumstance, or source: Our friendship grew from common interests.
- to increase gradually in size, amount, etc.; become greater or larger; expand: His influence has grown.
- to become gradually attached or united by or as if by growth: The branches of the trees grew together, forming a natural arch.
- to come to be by degrees; become: to grow old.
- Nautical. to lie or extend in a certain direction, as an anchor cable.
- to cause to grow: They grow corn.
- to allow to grow: to grow a beard.
- to cover with a growth (used in the passive): a field grown with corn.
- grow into,
- 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.
- grow on/upon,
- 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.
- grow out of,
- 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.
- grow up,
- to be or become fully grown; attain mental or physical maturity.
- to come into existence; arise: New cities grew up in the desert.
- grow a pair, Slang: Vulgar. pair1(def 23).
Origin of grow
SynonymsSee more synonyms for grow on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for 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
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
- (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 and History for grown
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]
- To increase in size by a natural process.
- To develop and reach maturity.
- To be capable of growth; thrive.
Idioms and Phrases with grown
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