see also: Grow
  • (British) IPA: /ɡɹəʊ/, [ˈɡɹəʊ̯]
  • (America) IPA: /ɡɹoʊ/, [ˈɡɹoʊ̯]

grow (grows, present participle growing; past grew, past participle grown)

  1. (ergative) To become bigger.
    Children grow quickly.
  2. (intransitive) To appear or sprout.
    Flowers grew on the trees as summer approached.
    A long tail began to grow from his backside.
  3. (transitive) To cause or allow something to become bigger, especially to cultivate plants.
    He grows peppers and squash each summer in his garden.
    Have you ever grown your hair before?
  4. (copulative) To assume a condition or quality over time.
    The boy grew wise as he matured.
    The town grew smaller and smaller in the distance as we travelled.
    You have grown strong.
  5. (intransitive, obsolete) To become attached or fixed; to adhere.
    • 1595 December 9 (first known performance)​, William Shakespeare, “The life and death of King Richard the Second”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act V, scene iii]:
      Our knees shall kneel till to the ground they grow.
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