grow ( grows 3rd person present) ( growing present participle) ( grew past tense) ( grown past participle )
1 verb When people, animals, and plants grow, they increase in size and change physically over a period of time.
We stop growing at maturity. V
2 verb If a plant or tree grows in a particular place, it is alive there.
The station had roses growing at each end of the platform. V
3 verb If you grow a particular type of plant, you put seeds or young plants in the ground and look after them as they develop.
I always grow a few red onions... V n
4 verb When someone's hair grows, it gradually becomes longer. Your nails also grow.
Then the hair began to grow again and I felt terrific. V
5 verb If someone grows their hair, or grows a beard or moustache, they stop cutting their hair or shaving so that their hair becomes longer. You can also grow your nails.
I'd better start growing my hair. V n
6 verb If someone grows mentally, they change and develop in character or attitude.
They began to grow as persons. V
7 v-link You use grow to say that someone or something gradually changes until they have a new quality, feeling, or attitude.
I grew a little afraid of the guy next door... V adj
He grew to love his work. V to-inf
8 verb If an amount, feeling, or problem grows, it becomes greater or more intense.
Opposition grew and the government agreed to negotiate. V
...a growing number of immigrants. V-ing
9 verb If one thing grows into another, it develops or changes until it becomes that thing.
The boys grew into men... V into n
This political row threatens to grow into a full blown crisis. V into n
10 verb If something such as an idea or a plan grows out of something else, it develops from it.
The idea for this book grew out of conversations with Philippa Brewster. V out of n
11 verb If the economy or a business grows, it increases in wealth, size, or importance. (BUSINESS)
The economy continues to grow. V
...a fast growing business. V-ing
12 verb If someone grows a business, they take actions that will cause it to increase in wealth, size, or importance. (BUSINESS)
To grow the business, he needs to develop management expertise and innovation across his team. V n
13 verb If a crystal grows, or if a scientist grows it, it forms from a solution.
...crystals that grow in cavities in the rock... V
We tried to grow some copper sulphate crystals with our children. V n
grown grow apart phrasal verb If people who have a close relationship grow apart, they gradually start to have different interests and opinions from each other, and their relationship starts to fail.
He and his wife grew apart... pl-n V P
It sounds as if you have grown apart from Tom. V P from n grow into phrasal verb When a child grows into an item of clothing, they become taller or bigger so that it fits them properly.
It's a bit big, but she'll soon grow into it. V P n grow on phrasal verb If someone or something grows on you, you start to like them more and more.
Slowly and strangely, the place began to grow on me. V P n grow out of
1 phrasal verb If you grow out of a type of behaviour or an interest, you stop behaving in that way or having that interest, as you develop or change.
Most children who stammer grow out of it. V P P n
2 phrasal verb When a child grows out of an item of clothing, they become so tall or big that it no longer fits them properly.
You've grown out of your shoes again. V P P n grow up
1 phrasal verb When someone grows up, they gradually change from being a child into being an adult.
She grew up in Tokyo. V P
2 phrasal verb If you tell someone to grow up, you are telling them to stop behaving in a silly or childish way.
INFORMAL usu imper (disapproval)
It's time you grew up. V P
3 phrasal verb If something grows up, it starts to exist and then becomes larger or more important.
A variety of heavy industries grew up alongside the port. V P