growth ( growths plural )
1 n-uncount The growthof something such as an industry, organization, or idea is its development in size, wealth, or importance.
oft N of n
...the growth of nationalism., ...Japan's enormous economic growth., ...high growth rates.
2 n-uncount The growth in something is the increase in it.
also a N, oft supp N, N in n, N of amount
A steady growth in the popularity of two smaller parties may upset the polls..., The area has seen a rapid population growth..., The market has shown annual growth of 20 per cent for several years.
3 adj A growth industry, area, or market is one which is increasing in size or activity. (BUSINESS) ADJ n
Computers and electronics are growth industries and need skilled technicians..., Real estate lending has become the biggest growth area for American banks.
4 n-uncount Someone's growth is the development and progress of their character.
usu supp N
...the child's emotional and intellectual growth...
5 n-uncount Growth in a person, animal, or plant is the process of increasing in physical size and development.
usu with supp
...hormones which control fertility and body growth..., Cells divide and renew as part of the human growth process.
6 n-var You can use growth to refer to plants which have recently developed or which developed at the same time.
This helps to ripen new growth and makes it flower profusely...
7 n-count A growth is a lump that grows inside or on a person, animal, or plant, and that is caused by a disease. This type of surgery could even be used to extract cancerous growths.
human growth hormone ( human growth hormones plural ) Human growth hormone is a hormone that is used to help short people, especially short children, to grow taller. The abbreviation HGH is also used. n-var
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