Definition of Grow

1. Verb. Pass into a condition gradually, take on a specific property or attribute; become. "John will grow angry"; "She grew angry"

Exact synonyms: Turn
Generic synonyms: Change
Specialized synonyms: Bald, Turn
Related verbs: Change State, Turn
Derivative terms: Growth, Turn

2. Verb. Become larger, greater, or bigger; expand or gain. "The business is going to grow "; "Her business grew fast"

3. Verb. Increase in size by natural process. "Did his feet grow?"; "Her hair doesn't grow much anymore"
Specialized synonyms: Cut, Ancylose, Ankylose, Undergrow, Exfoliate, Vegetate, Vegetate, Twin, Bourgeon, Burgeon Forth, Germinate, Pullulate, Shoot, Sprout, Spud
Generic synonyms: Develop
Derivative terms: Growing, Growth

4. Verb. Cause to grow or develop. "They grow rye in the field"; "He grows vegetables in his backyard"
Specialized synonyms: Vegetate, Culture, Rotate, Swell, Germinate, Root
Generic synonyms: Develop, Make Grow
Derivative terms: Grower, Growing, Growth

5. Verb. Develop and reach maturity; undergo maturation. "Sam and Sue grow"; "The child grew fast"
Exact synonyms: Maturate, Mature
Entails: Age, Get On, Maturate, Mature, Senesce
Specialized synonyms: Ripen, Find, Find Oneself, Grow Up
Generic synonyms: Develop
Derivative terms: Growing, Growth, Growth, Maturation, Maturation, Maturement

6. Verb. Come into existence; take on form or shape. "An interesting phenomenon uprose"
Exact synonyms: Arise, Develop, Originate, Rise, Spring Up, Uprise
Related verbs: Develop
Generic synonyms: Become
Specialized synonyms: Resurge, Come Forth, Emerge, Come, Follow, Swell, Well Up, Head
Derivative terms: Growth, Origin, Origination, Origination, Originative

7. Verb. Cultivate by growing, often involving improvements by means of agricultural techniques. "They grow the animals"; "We raise hogs here"
Exact synonyms: Farm, Produce, Raise
Category relationships: Agriculture, Farming, Husbandry
Specialized synonyms: Carry, Overproduce, Keep
Generic synonyms: Cultivate
Derivative terms: Farm, Farmer, Farming, Grower, Growth, Produce, Raiser

8. Verb. Come to have or undergo a change of (physical features and attributes). "Well-developed breasts"
Exact synonyms: Acquire, Develop, Get, Produce
Specialized synonyms: Feather, Fledge, Regrow, Spring, Sprout, Stock, Stool, Tiller, Leaf, Pod, Teethe, Pupate, Get Up, Work Up, Cut
Generic synonyms: Change
Related verbs: Acquire, Develop, Evolve
Derivative terms: Development, Getting

9. Verb. Grow emotionally or mature. "Sam and Sue grow"; "When he spent a summer at camp, the boy grew noticeably and no longer showed some of his old adolescent behavior"
Exact synonyms: Develop
Generic synonyms: Change
Specialized synonyms: Outgrow, Make
Derivative terms: Development

10. Verb. Become attached by or as if by the process of growth. "The tree trunks had grown together"
Generic synonyms: Change

Definition of Grow

1. v. i. 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.

2. v. t. To cause to grow; to cultivate; to produce; as, to grow a crop; to grow wheat, hops, or tobacco.

Definition of Grow

1. Verb. (ergative) To become bigger. ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive) To appear or sprout. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To cause or allow something to become bigger, especially to cultivate plants. ¹

4. Verb. (copulative) To assume a condition or quality over time. ¹

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Definition of Grow

1. to cultivate [v GREW, GROWN, GROWING, GROWS] : GROWABLE [adj] - See also: cultivate

Medical Definition of Grow

1. 1. 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. 2. To increase in any way; to become larger and stronger; to be augmented; to advance; to extend; to wax; to accrue. "Winter began to grow fast on." (Knolles) "Even just the sum that I do owe to you Is growing to me by Antipholus." (Shak) 3. To spring up and come to matturity in a natural way; to be produced by vegetation; to thrive; to flourish; as, rice grows in warm countries. "Where law faileth, error groweth." (Gower) 4. To pass from one state to another; to result as an effect from a cause; to become; as, to grow pale. "For his mind Had grown Suspicion's sanctuary." (Byron) 5. To become attached of fixed; to adhere. "Our knees shall kneel till to the ground they grow." (Shak) Growing cell, or Growing slide, a device for preserving alive a minute object in water continually renewed, in a manner to permit its growth to be watched under the microscope. Grown over, covered with a growth. To grow out of, to issue from, as plants from the soil, or as a branch from the main stem; to result from. "These wars have grown out of commercial considerations." (A. Hamilton) To grow up, to arrive at full stature or maturity; as, grown up children. To grow together, to close and adhere; to become united by growth, as flesh or the bark of a tree severed. Synonym: To become, increase, enlarge, augment, improve, expand, extend. Origin: AS. Grawan; akin to D. Groeijen, Icel. Groa, Dan. Groe, Sw. Gro. Cf. Green, Grass. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Grow

grow (current term)
grow a pair
grow cold
grow house
grow into
grow light
grow lights
grow on
grow op
grow operation
grow operations
grow ops
grow out of

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