• To grow. N.A. Indian
    To grow. N.A. Indian
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v grow come to have or undergo a change of (physical features and attributes) "He grew a beard","The patient developed abdominal pains","I got funny spots all over my body","Well-developed breasts"
    • v grow pass into a condition gradually, take on a specific property or attribute; become "The weather turned nasty","She grew angry"
    • v grow become larger, greater, or bigger; expand or gain "The problem grew too large for me","Her business grew fast"
    • v grow increase in size by natural process "Corn doesn't grow here","In these forests, mushrooms grow under the trees","her hair doesn't grow much anymore"
    • v grow cause to grow or develop "He grows vegetables in his backyard"
    • v grow develop and reach maturity; undergo maturation "He matured fast","The child grew fast"
    • v grow become attached by or as if by the process of growth "The tree trunks had grown together"
    • v grow grow emotionally or mature "The child developed beautifully in her new kindergarten","When he spent a summer at camp, the boy grew noticeably and no longer showed some of his old adolescent behavior"
    • v grow cultivate by growing, often involving improvements by means of agricultural techniques "The Bordeaux region produces great red wines","They produce good ham in Parma","We grow wheat here","We raise hogs here"
    • v grow come into existence; take on form or shape "A new religious movement originated in that country","a love that sprang up from friendship","the idea for the book grew out of a short story","An interesting phenomenon uprose"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The only state to grow pineapples is Hawaii
    • Grow To become attached or fixed; to adhere. "Our knees shall kneel till to the ground they grow ."
    • Grow 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.""Even just the sum that I do owe to you
      Is growing to me by Antipholus."
    • Grow 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.
    • Grow 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."
    • Grow To spring up and come to maturity in a natural way; to be produced by vegetation; to thrive; to flourish; as, rice grows in warm countries. "Where law faileth, error groweth ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Research indicates that plants grow healthier when they are stroked.
    • grow 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.
    • grow To be enlarged or extended, in general; increase; wax: as, a growing reputation; to grow in grace or in beauty.
    • grow 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.
    • grow To become attached or conjoined by or as if by a process of growth.
    • grow Nautical, to lead: as, the chain grows out on the port bow.
    • grow To pass beyond or away from in development; leave behind; give up: as, to grow out of one's early beliefs or follies.
    • grow To take root; spring up; arise: as, a hostile feeling grew up in the community.
    • grow To cause to grow; cultivate; produce; raise: as, a farmer grows large quantities of wheat.
    • grow Of a crystal, to develop or enlarge by the addition of molecules arranged in accordance with the laws of molecular attraction.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Hawaii is the only US state that grows coffee.
    • v.i Grow grō to become enlarged by a natural process: to advance towards maturity: to increase in size: to develop: to become greater in any way: to extend: to improve: to pass from one state to another: to become
    • v.t Grow to cause to grow: to cultivate:—pa.t. grew (grōō); pa.p. grown
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  • Winston Churchill
    “We are happier in many ways when we are old than when we were young. The young sow wild oats. The old grow sage.”
  • Doug Horton
    “Growing old is not growing up.”
  • Casey Stengel
    Casey Stengel
    “The trick is growing up without growing old.”
  • Virginia Woolf
    “The older one grows, the more one likes indecency.”
  • Hector Hugh Munro
    “It's no use growing older if you only learn new ways of misbehaving yourself.”
  • George Holbrook Jackson
    George Holbrook Jackson
    “The newest books are those that never grow old.”


Absence makes the heart grow fonder - This idiom means that when people are apart, their love grows stronger.
Grow in the telling - The more you tell it, the larger, wilder, better, etc. the story gets.
Growing pains - If a business is going through some growing pains, it is experiencing the typical problems that arise when a company becomes stronger and bigger.
Let the grass grow round your feet - If you let the grass grow round your feet, you delay doing things instead of taking action.
Mighty oaks from little acorns grow - Big or great things start very small.
Money doesn`t grow on trees - This means that you have to work to earn money; it doesn't come easily or without effort.
Watch grass grow - If something is like watching grass grow, it is really boring.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. grōwan,; akin to D. groeijen, Icel. grōa, Dan. groe, Sw. gro,. Cf. Green Grass


In literature:

People who see my work for the first time grow indignant and call me sick and artificial.
"Fantazius Mallare" by Ben Hecht
But knowledge grows slowly.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
This mountain is called Nasmarde (Nakil Sumara), where all the cohoo grows.
"All About Coffee" by William H. Ukers
While growing up he had learned the speech of Sicily, but that was nearly a different language.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
He felt his skin grow hot from scalp to toes.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
A new limb was growing on to replace the old!
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science February 1930" by Various
There are masses of scarlet poinsettias growing.
"Round the Wonderful World" by G. E. Mitton
If the time be delayed, the juice will grow too thick to be drawn out.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
It grows very large and I have seen it growing in well marked rings a rod in diameter.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
The soil and climate of the Hawaiian Islands will grow almost anything that grows in any other country.
"The Hawaiian Islands" by The Department of Foreign Affairs

In poetry:

Grow old and sigh,
Grudge and withhold,
Resent and scold?…
Not you and I?
We shall surely die!
"We Shall Surely Die" by William Ernest Henley
To right, the town we came from,
To left, blue hills and sea:
The wind is growing colder,
And shivering are we.
"Marching at Home: Pictures" by Edward Shanks
``And yours will grow, and haply I,
Revisiting this shore,
In years to come will see and sigh
You are a child no more.
"At San Giovanni Del Lago" by Alfred Austin
"Upon this little side," quoth she
"Was stampt a bloody rose."
"Here, lady, see the crimson mark
Upon his body grows!"
"Valentine and Ursine" by Anonymous British
Vers. The heav'ns are not too high,
His praise may thither flie:
The earth is not too low,
His praises there may grow.
"Antiphon I. " by George Herbert
Ah! hope that comes, and hope that grows,
With visions sweet to see;
Thou paler sister of the rose,
Thou lily not for me.
"Sweet Jenny" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

Impatiens , the top-selling bedding plants in the United States, are easy to grow, provide color to shady areas throughout the growing season, and have few insect and disease problems.
I'd like to grow edible herbs and plants, but since I live in a tiny apartment with no outdoor space, I'm looking for a garden I can grow on my kitchen counter.
Most of the Guitar Kids who grow up to be Rock Dudes can tell you — with clinical detail — what type of ax their respective hero had growing up.
With the weather-induced peat shortage having a tremendous impact for the 2012 growing season, most growers are paying more attention to peat and other growing substrates than ever before.
Lexis Public Relations, which was named as the UK's fastest growing PR company over five years in the 1997 PR Week Top 150, is in the top 100 fastest growing unquoted UK companies across all sectors, according to a new Sunday Times survey.
Fast-growing trailer maker expects to hire 60 workers, grow to 200 in two years.
Some men grow a moustache because they think it looks good, some grow one to rebel against their wife or girlfriend, and some men grow a mustache to raise money for mens health issues. donates 5 percent of net sales to Grow Dat Youth Farm (, an organization that develops young leaders by teaching them to grow food.
However, we began noticing the weed growing in sidewalk cracks, flower gardens and other places where nothing else was growing.
In fact, if you've had it for a while, you'll notice that as it grows, the neck or stem of the plant gets taller and taller and really grows up over the surface of the pot.
Psychrotrophs are bacteria, yeasts, and molds that grow, although slowly, at refrigeration temperatures (below 7°C) but grow optimally at temperatures above refrigeration , eg, 25–30°C.
Groupon keeps rolling out daily deals, but skepticism is growing about the young company's ability to manage its growing pains and competitors.
The final novel in her series about an African American teen growing up in Texas, follows character Trek grow from a girl to a woman.
Even though the property where I live is too polluted to grow food on (a buried heating-oil tank leaked more than 50 years ago), we have several containers that we grow salad greens in.
SAUL GONZALEZ, correspondent: If growing old means growing slow, well then 89-year-old Delmar Holbrooke hasn't gotten the memo.

In science:

The eigenfunctions are sharply localized around unstable manifolds of hyperbolic periodic orbits, ones with low periods at first since these are easiest to resolve; but with growing lmax more complex orbits of higher periods appear in the “support” of eigenfunctions.
Frobenius-Perron Resonances for Maps with a Mixed Phase Space
Connections with symmetric function theory lead to several ways of growing random partitions distributed according to MGL,u,q .
Random matrix theory over finite fields: a survey
Now we return to the measure MGL,u,q and describe an algorithm for growing random partitions according to this measure.
Random matrix theory over finite fields: a survey
Therefore the model we consider can also mimic nucleation and growth of gap in one dimension which have some relevance in Kolmogorov-Avrami-Johnson-Mehl (KAJM) nucleation and growth processes and space covering by growing rays .
Formation of a New Class of Random Fractals in Fragmentation with Mass Loss
He considered an initially poloidal field ( Bz , Bθ , 0), and showed that Bφ grows with time according to Bφ = NBz where N is the number of windings, N = R sin θ R |∇Ω|d t .
Rotational Evolution During Type I X-Ray Bursts