1. [ verb ] pass into a condition gradually, take on a specific property or attribute; become
Synonyms: turn

"The weather turned nasty" "She grew angry" "The teacher became impatient"

Related terms: change turn bald change_state
2. [ verb ] become larger, greater, or bigger; expand or gain

"The problem grew too large for me" "Her business grew fast"

Related terms: increase rise boom expand expand build_up stretch develop burgeon develop root enlarge augment overgrow rise branch vegetate overgrow hypertrophy mushroom lengthen proliferate grow_up grow_over increase
3. [ verb ] increase in size by natural process; of living matter, such as plants and animals

"Corn doesn't grow here" "In these forests, mushrooms grow under the trees"

Related terms: develop develop shoot exfoliate vegetate ankylose vegetate twin undergrow cut
4. [ verb ] cause to grow or develop

: "He grows vegetables in his backyard"

Related terms: develop rotate vegetate root germinate swell growth
5. [ verb ] develop and reach maturity; undergo maturation
Synonyms: mature maturate

"He matured fast" "The child grew fast"

Related terms: develop develop grow_up ripen find_oneself growth maturation age
6. [ verb ] come into existence; take on form or shape
Synonyms: arise develop originate spring_up rise uprise

"A new religious movement originated in that country" "a love that sprang up from friendship," "the idea for the book grew out of a short story" "An interesting phenomenon uprose"

Related terms: become come well_up come_forth resurge head develop initiation emergence
7. [ verb ] (food,agriculture) cultivate by growing; often involves improvements by means of agricultural techniques
Synonyms: raise produce farm

"The Bordeaux region produces great red wines" "They produce good ham in Parma" "We grow wheat here" "We raise hogs here"

Related terms: cultivate overproduce carry keep farming farmer farming agriculturist
8. [ verb ] come to have or undergo a change of (physical features and attributes)
Synonyms: develop get acquire produce

"He grew a beard" The patient developed abdominal pains" I got funny spots all over my body" "Well-developed breasts"

Related terms: change pupate spring work_up sprout stool teethe teeth cut regrow fledge leaf pod develop acquiring
9. [ verb ] grow emotionally or mature
Synonyms: develop

"The child developed beautifully in her new kindergarten" "When he spent a summer at camp, the boy grew noticeably and no longer showed some of his old adolescent behavior"

Related terms: change outgrow make development
10. [ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 6264
11. [ verb ] become attached by or as if by the process of growth

"The tree trunks had grown together"

Related terms: change
Similar spelling:   Grewe