from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To increase in size by a natural process.
- intransitive v. To expand; gain: The business grew under new owners.
- intransitive v. To increase in amount or degree; intensify: The suspense grew.
- intransitive v. To develop and reach maturity.
- intransitive v. To be capable of growth; thrive: a plant that grows in shade.
- intransitive v. To become attached by or as if by the process of growth: tree trunks that had grown together.
- intransitive v. To come into existence from a source; spring up: love that grew from friendship.
- intransitive v. To come to be by a gradual process or by degrees; become: grow angry; grow closer.
- transitive v. To cause to grow; raise: grow tulips.
- transitive v. To allow (something) to develop or increase by a natural process: grow a beard.
- transitive v. Usage Problem To cause to increase or expand by concerted effort: strategies that grew the family business.
- grow into To develop so as to become: A boy grows into a man.
- grow into To develop or change so as to fit: She grew into her job. He grew into the relationship slowly.
- on To become gradually more evident to: A feeling of distrust grew on me.
- on To become gradually more pleasurable or acceptable to: a taste that grows on a person.
- grow up To become an adult.
- idiom grow out of To develop or come into existence from: an article that grew out of a few scribbled notes.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To become bigger.
- v. To appear or sprout.
- v. To cause or allow something to become bigger, especially to cultivate plants.
- v. To assume a condition or quality over time.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To increase in size by a natural and organic process; to increase in bulk by the gradual assimilation of new matter into the living organism; -- said of animals and vegetables and their organs.
- intransitive v. To increase in any way; to become larger and stronger; to be augmented; to advance; to extend; to wax; to accrue.
- intransitive v. To spring up and come to maturity in a natural way; to be produced by vegetation; to thrive; to flourish.
- intransitive v. To pass from one state to another; to result as an effect from a cause; to become.
- intransitive v. To become attached or fixed; to adhere.
- transitive v. To cause to grow; to cultivate; to produce
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To increase by a natural process of development or of enlargement, as a living organism or any of its parts; specifically, to increase by assimilation of nutriment, as animals or plants.
- To be enlarged or extended, in general; increase; wax: as, a growing reputation; to grow in grace or in beauty.
- To be changed from one state to another; become; be carried or extended, as to a condition or a result: as, to grow pale; to grow indifferent; to grow rich; the wind grew to a tempest.
- To become attached or conjoined by or as if by a process of growth.
- Nautical, to lead: as, the chain grows out on the port bow.
- To pass beyond or away from in development; leave behind; give up: as, to grow out of one's early beliefs or follies.
- To take root; spring up; arise: as, a hostile feeling grew up in the community.
- To cause to grow; cultivate; produce; raise: as, a farmer grows large quantities of wheat.
- Of a crystal, to develop or enlarge by the addition of molecules arranged in accordance with the laws of molecular attraction.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. cause to grow or develop
- v. pass into a condition gradually, take on a specific property or attribute; become
- v. come to have or undergo a change of (physical features and attributes)
- v. grow emotionally or mature
- v. become attached by or as if by the process of growth
- v. become larger, greater, or bigger; expand or gain
- v. come into existence; take on form or shape
- v. cultivate by growing, often involving improvements by means of agricultural techniques
- v. develop and reach maturity; undergo maturation
- v. increase in size by natural process
Middle English growen, from Old English grōwan.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English growen, from Old English grōwan ("to grow, increase, flourish, germinate"), from Proto-Germanic *grōanan (“to grow, grow green”), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰreH₁- (“to grow, become green”). (Wiktionary)