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”).
Cognate with Scots grow, grew (“to grow”), North Frisian grojen, growen (“to grow”), West Frisian groeie (“to grow”), Dutch groeien (“to grow”), German Low German grojen (“to green; thrive; take hold; flourish”), Middle High German grüejen (“to grow, grow green”), Danish gro (“to grow”), Norwegian gro (“to grow”), Swedish gro (“to germinate, grow, sprout”), Icelandic gróa (“to grow”), Latin herba (“plant, herb, weed”), Swedish gröda (“crop”), North Frisian greyde (“growth, pasture”). Related to growth, grass, green.
- (ergative) To become bigger.
- Children grow quickly.
- (intransitive) To appear or sprout.
- Flowers grew on the trees as summer approached.
- A long tail began to grow from his backside.
- (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:
- The Bush administration – which sought to grow the number of fisheries managed under a program known as “catch shares”...
- He grows peppers and squash each summer in his garden.
- Have you ever grown your hair before?
- (copulative) To assume a condition or quality over time.
- The boy grew wise as he matured.
- The town grew smaller and smaller in the distance as we travelled.
- You have grown strong.
- (intransitive, obsolete) To become attached or fixed; to adhere.
- Our knees shall kneel till to the ground they grow.
- Growed is a slang or dialect inflection for the simple past and past participle.
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