of or denoting a business, industry, or equity security that grows or is expected to grow in value over a long period of time: a growth industry; a growth stock.

Origin of growth

1550–60; see grow, -th1; probably cognate with Old Norse grōthr
Related formsan·ti·growth, adjectivepre·growth, nounre·growth, nounsu·per·growth, noun, adjective

Synonyms for growth

Antonyms for growth Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for growth

Contemporary Examples of growth

Historical Examples of growth

  • 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

  • That we pass out of this phase of being as we came into it, for Growth.

  • It must be a stage in its growth or it would not come into it.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for growth



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
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Word Origin and History for growth

1550s, from grow + -th (2), on model of health, stealth, etc. Cf. Old Norse groði, from groa "to grow." In this sense, Old English used grownes.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

growth in Medicine




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.
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growth in Science



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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