grow Definition

  • 1to increase in size or amount, or to become more advanced or developed
  • 2to produce plants by controlling their environment

Using grow: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "grow" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    Children grow quickly.

  • Example

    The economy is growing at a steady rate.

  • Example

    She grew more confident as she gained experience.

  • Example

    They grow vegetables in their garden.

grow Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using grow

  • to lose enthusiasm or affection for something or someone


    Their relationship grew cold after the argument.

  • to develop into something over time


    The small startup grew into a multinational corporation.

  • to be abundant or easily obtainable


    Money doesn't grow on trees, you know.

Phrases with grow

  • grow up

    to become an adult


    When I grow up, I want to be a doctor.

  • to become more liked or appreciated over time


    At first, I didn't like the song, but it grew on me after a few listens.

  • to become too big for something, or to lose interest in something as one matures


    He grew out of his old clothes and needed new ones.

Origins of grow

from Old English 'grōwan', meaning 'to grow, increase, flourish'


Summary: grow in Brief

The verb 'grow' [ɡroʊ] means to increase in size, amount, or development, as well as to cultivate plants. It can refer to physical growth, such as 'Children grow quickly,' or to abstract growth, as in 'The economy is growing at a steady rate.' The phrase 'grow up' denotes maturation, while 'grow on someone' and 'grow out of something' describe changing attitudes. Idioms like 'grow cold' and 'grow on trees' add nuance to the term.

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