|a calculus or concretion found in the stomach or intestines of certain animals, esp. ruminants, formerly reputed to be an effective remedy for poison.|
|a gadget; dingus; thingumbob.|
|—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 (gr&oomacr;), 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]