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exponential growth

noun

development at an increasingly rapid rate in proportion to the growing total number or size; a constant rate of growth applied to a continuously growing base over a period of time

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exponential growth [(ek-spuh-nen-shuhl)]

Growth of a system in which the amount being added to the system is proportional to the amount already present: the bigger the system is, the greater the increase. (See geometric progression.)

Note: In everyday speech, exponential growth means runaway expansion, such as in population growth.
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