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grow (ɡrəʊ)
 
vb (usually foll by up) (foll by together) (when intr, foll by with) , grows, growing, grew, grown
1.  (of an organism or part of an organism) to increase in size or develop (hair, leaves, or other structures)
2.  (intr; usually foll by out of or from) to originate, as from an initial cause or source: the federation grew out of the Empire
3.  (intr) to increase in size, number, degree, etc: the population is growing rapidly
4.  (intr) to change in length or amount in a specified direction: some plants grow downwards; profits over the years grew downwards
5.  (copula; may take an infinitive) (esp of emotions, physical states, etc) to develop or come into existence or being gradually: to grow cold; to grow morose; he grew to like her
6.  to come into existence: a close friendship grew up between them
7.  to be joined gradually by or as by growth: the branches on the tree grew together
8.  (intr; foll by away, together, etc) to develop a specified state of friendship: the lovers grew together gradually; many friends grow apart over the years
9.  to become covered with a growth: the path grew with weeds
10.  to produce (plants) by controlling or encouraging their growth, esp for home consumption or on a commercial basis
 
[Old English grōwan; related to Old Norse grōa, Old Frisian grōia, Old High German gruoen; see green, grass]

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grow
O.E. growan (of plants) "to flourish, develop, get bigger" (class VII strong verb; past tense greow, pp. growen), from P.Gmc. *gro- (cf. O.N. groa, O.Fris. groia, Du. groeien, O.H.G. gruoen), from root of grass (q.v.). Applied in M.E. to human beings (c.1300) and animals
(1435) and their parts, supplanting O.E. weaxan (see wax (v.)).
"Have you ever heard anything about God, Topsy? ... Do you know who made you?" "Nobody, as I knows on," said the child. ... "I spect I grow'd. Don't think nobody never made me." [Harriet B. Stowe, "Uncle Tom's Cabin," 1851]
Grown-up (adj.) "mature" is from 1633; the noun meaning "adult person" is from 1813. Growth is first attested 1557, on model of health, stealth, etc.
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Medical Dictionary

grow (grō)
v. grew (grōō), grown (grōn), grow·ing, grows

  1. To increase in size by a natural process.

  2. To develop and reach maturity.

  3. To be capable of growth; thrive.

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