becoming greater in quantity, size, extent, or intensity: growing discontent among industrial workers.
having or showing life.

before 900; Middle English; Old English growende. See grow, -ing2

growingly, adverb
ungrowing, adjective
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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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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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