to begin to grow; shoot forth, as a plant from a seed.
(of a seed or plant) to put forth buds or shoots.
to develop or grow quickly: a boy awkwardly sprouting into manhood.
to cause to sprout.
to remove sprouts from: Sprout and boil the potatoes.
a shoot of a plant.
a new growth from a germinating seed, or from a rootstock, tuber, bud, or the like.
something resembling or suggesting a sprout, as in growth.
a young person; youth.
the young shoots of alfalfa, soybeans, etc., eaten as a raw vegetable.
- non·sprout·ing, adjective
- re·sprout, verb
- un·der·sprout, noun
- un·der·sprout, verb (used without object)
- un·sprout·ed, adjective
- un·sprout·ing, adjective
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How to use sprout in a sentence
Such pruning is called “topping,” and it increases the plant’s risk of disease while guaranteeing that a load of twiggy sprouts will erupt from below the point of amputation.It’s tree-pruning season. Here’s how to do it without resorting to ‘crape murder.’ | Adrian Higgins | January 27, 2021 | Washington Post
Ladle the soup into bowls, and, if using, garnish with cilantro, sprouts, basil, onion, sambal oelek, sriracha, jalapeño or serrano chile, and a squeeze of lime.An aromatic chicken soup to restore the body and revive the spirit | Olga Massov | January 7, 2021 | Washington Post
We start out with very small sprouts, which we grow in test tubes before we transfer them to a greenhouse, where they’ll develop into plants that will create small tubers.Potato innovation has stagnated for decades. Sexual reproduction might get it unstuck. | Katie McLean | December 18, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
Many holiday recipes already call for in-season ingredients, like sweet potatoes, squash, kale, and brussel sprouts.
While you collect the rootstocks, keep an eye out for little sprouts at the base of the plant.
Want to shoot lasers from your eyes, or see wings sprout from your arms?Frickin’ Laser Beams Run by Eyeballs: The Next Art Revolution Is Here | Nico Hines | July 7, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In the garden, giant mushroom sculptures sprout from the ground and wire spider webs hang between trees.
I particularly believed that from the ashes of the unrest we could work to sprout new hope for our community.Wendy Greuel on L.A. Riots: ‘We Still Have a Long Way to Go’ | Wendy Greuel | April 27, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
A sprout just showing will endure several nights' freezing if there is some warm sun in the day-time.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
A long sprout is liable to be broken off in sowing, or killed by cold, after it is in the ground.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
"Well, if Willis Morgan's been misjudged, then I'm really an angel all ready to sprout wings," observed the clerk.Mystery Ranch | Arthur Chapman
Said I not, he holdeth, as yet, but the dead letter—but the seed which is sown shall one day sprout and quicken?Peveril of the Peak | Sir Walter Scott
"I'm only a boy sprout," said Roy, his wonted buoyancy persisting.Tom Slade with the Colors | Percy K. Fitzhugh
British Dictionary definitions for sprout
(of a plant, seed, etc) to produce (new leaves, shoots, etc)
(intr often foll by up) to begin to grow or develop: new office blocks are sprouting up all over the city
a newly grown shoot or bud
something that grows like a sprout
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