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From grow +‎ -th. Compare Old Frisian grēd ("meadow, pasture"; > North Frisian greyde (growth, pasture)), Middle High German gruote, gruot (greens, fresh growth, shoot), Old Norse gróðr ("growth, crop"; > Faroese grøði, Danish grøde (fruits), Swedish gröda (crop, harvest)). More at grow.



growth (countable and uncountable, plural growths)

  1. An increase in size, number, value, or strength.
    • 2013 June 22, “Engineers of a different kind”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8841, page 70:
      Private-equity nabobs bristle at being dubbed mere financiers. [] Much of their pleading is public-relations bluster. Clever financial ploys are what have made billionaires of the industry’s veterans. “Operational improvement” in a portfolio company has often meant little more than promising colossal bonuses to sitting chief executives if they meet ambitious growth targets. That model is still prevalent today.
  2. An increase in psychological strength or resilience; an increased ability to overcome adversity.
    Struggle, disappointment, and criticism all contribute to a person's growth.
    Growth was dampened by a softening of the global economy in 2001, but picked up in the subsequent years due to strong growth in China.
  3. (biology) The act of growing, getting bigger or higher.
  4. (biology) Something that grows or has grown.
  5. (pathology) An abnormal mass such as a tumor.




  • (pathology: abnormal mass such as a tumor): tumor

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