|—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 |
|1.||to reach maturity; become adult|
|2.||to come into existence; develop|
"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.
Become an adult, as in Sam wants to be a policeman when he grows up. [First half of 1500s]
Come into existence, arise, as in Similar social problems grew up in all the big cities. [Late 1500s]
Become mature or sensible, as in It's time you grew up and faced the facts. This usage may also be in the form of an imperative (as in Don't bite your nailsgrow up!) [Mid-1900s]