|—vb (usually foll by up) (foll by together) (when intr, |
|1.||(of an organism or part of an organism) to increase in size or develop (hair, leaves, or other structures)|
|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|
|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 |
|(intr, preposition) to become progressively more acceptable or pleasant to: I don't think much of your new record, but I suppose it will grow on me|
"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.
v. grew (grōō), grown (grōn), grow·ing, grows
To increase in size by a natural process.
To develop and reach maturity.
To be capable of growth; thrive.
Also, grow upon.
Gradually become more evident. For example, A feeling of distrust grew upon him as he learned more about the way the account was handled. [c. 1600]
Gradually become more pleasurable or acceptable to, as in This music is beginning to grow on me. Jane Austen had it in Pride and Prejudice (1796): "Miss Bennet's pleasing manners grew on the good-will of Mrs. Hurst." [c. 1700]