Grow Grow (gr[=o]), v. i. [imp. {Grew} (gr[udd]); p. p. {Grown (gr[=o]n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Growing}.] [AS. gr[=o]wan; akin to D. groeijen, Icel. gr[=o]a, Dan. groe, Sw. gro. Cf. {Green}, {Grass}.] 1. To increase in size by a natural and organic process; to increase in bulk by the gradual assimilation of new matter into the living organism; -- said of animals and vegetables and their organs. [1913 Webster]

2. To increase in any way; to become larger and stronger; to be augmented; to advance; to extend; to wax; to accrue. [1913 Webster]

Winter began to grow fast on. --Knolles. [1913 Webster]

Even just the sum that I do owe to you Is growing to me by Antipholus. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. To spring up and come to maturity in a natural way; to be produced by vegetation; to thrive; to flourish; as, rice grows in warm countries. [1913 Webster]

Where law faileth, error groweth. --Gower. [1913 Webster]

4. To pass from one state to another; to result as an effect from a cause; to become; as, to grow pale. [1913 Webster]

For his mind Had grown Suspicion's sanctuary. --Byron. [1913 Webster]

5. To become attached or fixed; to adhere. [1913 Webster]

Our knees shall kneel till to the ground they grow. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{Growing cell}, or {Growing slide}, a device for preserving alive a minute object in water continually renewed, in a manner to permit its growth to be watched under the microscope.

{Grown over}, covered with a growth.

{To grow out of}, to issue from, as plants from the soil, or as a branch from the main stem; to result from. [1913 Webster]

These wars have grown out of commercial considerations. --A. Hamilton.

{To grow up}, to arrive at full stature or maturity; as, grown up children.

{To grow together}, to close and adhere; to become united by growth, as flesh or the bark of a tree severed. --Howells.

Syn: To become; increase; enlarge; augment; improve; expand; extend. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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