sprout ( sprouts 3rd person present) ( sprouting present participle) ( sprouted past tense & past participle )
1 verb When plants, vegetables, or seeds sprout, they produce new shoots or leaves.
It only takes a few days for beans to sprout. V
2 verb When leaves, shoots, or plants sprout somewhere, they grow there.
Leaf-shoots were beginning to sprout on the hawthorn... V prep
3 verb If a garden or other area of land sprouts plants, they start to grow there.
...the garden, which had had time to sprout a shocking collection of weeds. V n
4 verb If something such as hair sprouts from a person or animal, or if they sprout it, it grows on them.
She is very old now, with little, round, wire-rimmed glasses and whiskers sprouting from her chin... V prep
As well as sprouting a few grey hairs, Kevin seems to be suffering the occasional memory loss. V n
5 n-count Sprouts are vegetables that look like tiny cabbages. They are also called brussels sprouts.
6 n-count Sprouts are new shoots on plants. usu pl After eleven days of growth the number of sprouts was counted.
bean sprout ( bean sprouts plural ) , beansprout Bean sprouts are small, long, thin shoots grown from beans. They are frequently used in Chinese cookery. n-count
brussels sprout ( brussels sprouts plural ) , Brussels sprout Brussels sprouts are vegetables that look like tiny cabbages. n-count usu pl