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[grohth] /groʊθ/
the act or process, or a manner of growing; development; gradual increase.
size or stage of development:
It hasn't yet reached its full growth.
completed development.
development from a simpler to a more complex stage:
the growth of ritual forms.
development from another but related form or stage:
the growth of the nation state.
something that has grown or developed by or as if by a natural process:
a growth of stubborn weeds.
Pathology. an abnormal increase in a mass of tissue, as a tumor.
origin; source; production:
onions of English growth.
of or denoting a business, industry, or equity security that grows or is expected to grow in value over a long period of time:
a growth industry; a growth stock.
Origin of growth
1550-60; see grow, -th1; probably cognate with Old Norse grōthr
Related forms
antigrowth, adjective
pregrowth, noun
regrowth, noun
supergrowth, noun, adjective
1. augmentation, expansion. 6. result, outgrowth. 7. excrescence.
1. decline, decrease. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for growth
  • Smart growth is an approach to development aimed at addressing the problems posed by urban sprawl.
  • Take a virtual tour into the growth of a tumor and watch how blood vessels help tumors grow and metastasize.
  • They also demonstrated that an antibody targeting these cells slows tumor growth in mice.
  • There have been cases in which the immune system successfully fights a tumor, and others in which it stimulates tumor growth.
  • But when something goes awry, methylation can unleash a tumor by silencing a gene that normally keeps cell growth in check.
  • Managing that growth successfully can be even harder.
  • And while the academic job market has improved slightly, it's still not a growth industry.
  • Also bad for growth are high inflation and political instability.
  • West's old growth forests may look thinner in the future.
  • Small breeds share a gene variant that limits their growth.
British Dictionary definitions for growth


the process or act of growing, esp in organisms following assimilation of food
an increase in size, number, significance, etc
something grown or growing: a new growth of hair
a stage of development
any abnormal tissue, such as a tumour
(modifier) of, relating to, causing or characterized by growth: a growth industry, growth hormone
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Word Origin and History for growth

1550s, from grow + -th (2), on model of health, stealth, etc. Cf. Old Norse groði, from groa "to grow." In this sense, Old English used grownes.

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growth in Medicine

growth (grōth)

  1. The process of growing.

  2. Full development; maturity.

  3. An increase, as in size, number, value, or strength.

  4. Something that grows or has grown.

  5. An abnormal mass of tissue, such as a tumor, growing in or on an organism.

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growth in Science
An increase in the size of an organism or part of an organism, usually as a result of an increase in the number of cells. Growth of an organism may stop at maturity, as in the case of humans and other mammals, or it may continue throughout life, as in many plants. In humans, certain body parts, like hair and nails, continue to grow throughout life.
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