grows; grew/ˈgruː/; grown/ˈgroʊn/; growing grows; grew/ˈgruː/; grown/ˈgroʊn/; growing
Learner's definition of GROW
1 [no object] : to become larger : to increase in size, amount, etc. — often + in
The sport is growing in popularity. [=is becoming more popular]
The school has grown (considerably/greatly) in size.
His followers continue to grow in number. [=to become more numerous]
2 [no object] : to become better or improved in some way : to become more developed, mature, etc. 3 [no object] : to become larger and change from being a child to being an adult as time passes : to pass from childhood to adulthood
It can be hard to watch our children change as they grow.
He's still just a growing boy.
She's grown (by) at least an inch since the last time I saw her.
4 a [no object], of a plant : to exist and develop
b [+ object] : to cause (a plant) to grow : to cultivate or raise (a plant)
These trees grow only in the jungle.
As the tree grew taller, the branches began to touch the house.
This plant does well in difficult growing conditions. [=conditions in which it is difficult for most plants to grow]
The flowers grow wild [=grow naturally without being planted or cared for by humans] along the highway.
5 of hair, fingernails, etc. : to become longer
— see also grow out 1 (below)
6 a always followed by an adjective, [linking verb] : become
b [no object] : to have or form an opinion, attitude, etc., after time passes — followed by to + verb
He suddenly grew pale.
He had grown tired of hearing about their problems.
She grew fat due to her lack of exercise.
He's worried about growing old.
These diseases are growing more common.
We have grown accustomed to his angry outbursts.
She's grown to like her new job.
I grew to admire her very much.
I grew to feel that these problems were not important.
She grew to hate him for his selfishness.
7 [+ object] : to cause (something, such as a business) to develop or get bigger
grow apart[phrasal verb]
: to become less friendly or emotionally close as time passes : to become distant from someone
grow from[phrasal verb]
grow from (something)
: to come from or originate from (something)
grow into[phrasal verb]
grow into (something)
1 : to become (something) as time passes 2 : to become large enough for (a certain size of clothing)
grow on[phrasal verb]
grow on (someone)
: to become more appealing to (someone) as time passes
grow on treesinformal
: to exist in large amounts : to be easy to get
grow out[phrasal verb]
1 grow (something) out or grow out (something) : to allow (something) to get longer
— see also grow 5 (above)
grow out of (something)
2 a : to develop or come from (a source) b : to become too large for (a certain size of clothing) c : to stop doing or having (something) because you are older and more mature
grow up[phrasal verb]
1 a : to become an adult — used to describe where you lived, what you did, etc., when you were a child
b : to stop thinking and behaving in a childish way
I grew up in the city.
We grew up poor, but we always had food on the table.
He grew up playing music. [=he played music when he was a child]
2 : to begin to exist and develop as time passes
— growingadjective,always used before a noun