- the act or process, or a manner of growing; development; gradual increase.
- size or stage of development: It hasn't yet reached its full growth.
- completed development.
- development from a simpler to a more complex stage: the growth of ritual forms.
- development from another but related form or stage: the growth of the nation state.
- something that has grown or developed by or as if by a natural process: a growth of stubborn weeds.
- Pathology. an abnormal increase in a mass of tissue, as a tumor.
- origin; source; production: onions of English growth.
Origin of growth
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1. augmentation, expansion. 6. result, outgrowth. 7. excrescence.
1. decline, decrease.
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Examples from the Web for growth
Albuquerque Economic Development, a private non-profit, estimates the five year growth rate at almost double the U.S. in general.
Set among the vacant houses of suburban New Mexico, the film offers a bleak perspective on the possibility of growth and renewal.
They are personally invested in my growth not only as a dominatrix but as a kinkster and a person.Dungeons and Genital Clamps: Inside a Legendary BDSM Chateau
December 20, 2014
Equally critical has been the growth among younger educated workers in the region.The Rustbelt Roars Back From the Dead
Joel Kotkin, Richey Piiparinen
December 7, 2014
In the first six months of this year, we saw a 48 percent growth in sales of imported and craft beers.House of the Witch: The Renegade Craft Brewers of Panama
November 30, 2014
That it is one tree seems to be evident from the growth of the bark only on the outside.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
It must be a stage in its growth or it would not come into it.
That we pass out of this phase of being as we came into it, for Growth.
In growth all is adjusted to capacity; it is not meant to shock, force, or frighten.
To the seeing eye decay is as fair as growth, and death as life.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
- the process or act of growing, esp in organisms following assimilation of food
- an increase in size, number, significance, etc
- something grown or growinga new growth of hair
- a stage of development
- any abnormal tissue, such as a tumour
- (modifier) of, relating to, causing or characterized by growtha growth industry; growth hormone
Word Origin and History for growth
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The process of growing.
- Full development; maturity.
- An increase, as in size, number, value, or strength.
- Something that grows or has grown.
- An abnormal mass of tissue, such as a tumor, growing in or on an organism.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
- An increase in the size of an organism or part of an organism, usually as a result of an increase in the number of cells. Growth of an organism may stop at maturity, as in the case of humans and other mammals, or it may continue throughout life, as in many plants. In humans, certain body parts, like hair and nails, continue to grow throughout life.
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