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grow

 
pronunciation:
gro
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, transitive verb
phrases:
grow up
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: grows, growing, grew, grown
definition 1: to become larger by the process of natural development.
A baby grows fast in its first weeks after birth.
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synonyms:
burgeon
antonyms:
ebb, wane
similar words:
balloon, bloom, blossom, bud, develop, germinate, mature, pullulate, ripen, rise, sprout, swell, wax
definition 2: to increase or expand.
Her wealth is growing rapidly.His company grew from two hotels to twenty hotels in just three years.With yet another win, the team's confidence grew.
synonyms:
accumulate, augment, expand, increase, multiply, swell
antonyms:
decrease, diminish, dwindle, shrink
similar words:
accrue, rise
definition 3: to develop well; flourish.
This plant doesn't grow in the shade.
synonyms:
bloom, blossom, flourish, luxuriate, prosper, thrive
similar words:
advance, bud, burgeon, develop, progress, pullulate, sprout
definition 4: to gradually become.
The weather grew warmer.
synonyms:
become
similar words:
bud, evolve, get, go, progress, take, wax
definition 5: to arise or originate.
Her ideas grew from her experience.
synonyms:
develop, evolve, wax
similar words:
become, bloom, blossom, bud, burgeon, originate, pullulate, rise, spring, stem
 
part of speech: transitive verb
definition 1: to make grow.
Farmers grow mainly corn in this region.
synonyms:
cultivate, nurture, produce, raise
similar words:
advance, augment, breed, culture, evolve, expand, extend, generate, magnify, mature, ripen, swell
definition 2: to allow to grow.
He wants to grow his hair long.
similar words:
cultivate
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