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growth

[grohth]
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noun
  1. the act or process, or a manner of growing; development; gradual increase.
  2. size or stage of development: It hasn't yet reached its full growth.
  3. completed development.
  4. development from a simpler to a more complex stage: the growth of ritual forms.
  5. development from another but related form or stage: the growth of the nation state.
  6. something that has grown or developed by or as if by a natural process: a growth of stubborn weeds.
  7. Pathology. an abnormal increase in a mass of tissue, as a tumor.
  8. origin; source; production: onions of English growth.
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adjective
  1. 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.
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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

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  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for growth

growth

noun
  1. the process or act of growing, esp in organisms following assimilation of food
  2. an increase in size, number, significance, etc
  3. something grown or growinga new growth of hair
  4. a stage of development
  5. any abnormal tissue, such as a tumour
  6. (modifier) of, relating to, causing or characterized by growtha growth industry; growth hormone
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Word Origin and History for growth

n.

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.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

growth in Medicine

growth

(grōth)
n.
  1. The process of growing.
  2. Full development; maturity.
  3. An increase, as in size, number, value, or strength.
  4. Something that grows or has grown.
  5. An abnormal mass of tissue, such as a tumor, growing in or on an organism.
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growth in Science

growth

[grōth]
  1. 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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