See also: Grow



From Middle English growen, from Old English grōwan (to grow, increase, flourish, germinate), from Proto-Germanic *grōaną (to grow, grow green), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰreh₁- (to grow, become green).


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ɡɹəʊ/, [ˈɡɹəʊ̯]
  • (US) IPA(key): /ɡɹoʊ/, [ˈɡɹoʊ̯]
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -əʊ


grow (third-person singular simple present grows, present participle growing, simple past grew or (dialectal) growed, past participle grown or (dialectal) growed)

  1. (ergative) To become larger, to increase in magnitude.
    Children grow quickly.
  2. (ergative, of plants) To undergo growth; to be present (somewhere)
    Apples now grow all over the world.
  3. (intransitive) To appear or sprout.
    Leaf buds grew on the trees with the advance of spring.
    A long tail began to grow from his backside.
  4. (intransitive) To develop, to mature.
    As I grew throughout adolescence, I came to appreciate many things about human nature.
  5. (transitive) To cause or allow something to become bigger, especially to cultivate plants.
    • 2011 March 1, Peter Roff, “Another Foolish Move By Congress”, in Fox News[1]:
      The Bush administration – which sought to grow the number of fisheries managed under a program known as “catch shares”...
    • For more quotations using this term, see Citations:grow.
    He grows peppers and squash each summer in his garden.
    Have you ever grown your hair before?
  6. (copulative) To assume a condition or quality over time.
    • 1967, Barbara Sleigh, Jessamy, 1993 edition, Sevenoaks, Kent: Bloomsbury, →ISBN, page 18:
      In fact she was so bus doing all the things that anyone might, who finds themselves alone in an empty house, that she did not notice at first when it began to turn dusk and the rooms to grow dim.
    • For more quotations using this term, see Citations:grow.
    The boy grew wise as he matured.
    The town grew smaller and smaller in the distance as we travelled.
    You have grown strong.
  7. (intransitive, obsolete) To become attached or fixed; to adhere.


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Middle EnglishEdit



  1. Alternative form of growen