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sprout

sprout

 
 
pronunciation:
spraUt
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, transitive verb, noun
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: sprouted, sprouting, sprouts
definition 1: to start to grow, as a shoot or bud.
similar words:
burgeon, rise
definition 2: to send forth one or more shoots or buds.
similar words:
burgeon
definition 3: to grow rapidly.
His children sprouted like weeds.
similar words:
burgeon, germinate, mushroom, rise, spring
 
part of speech: transitive verb
definition: to grow (something) or cause (something) to grow.
Do you expect me to sprout wings and fly?He sprouted the beans in a large jar.
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a shoot or bud of a plant.
similar words:
germ
definition 2: a new growth from a seed, bulb, or rootstock.
similar words:
germ, outgrowth, top
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