- growW1S1 [grəu US grou] v past tense grew [gru:] past participle grown [grəun US groun]▬▬▬▬▬▬▬1¦(increase)¦2¦(person/animal)¦3¦(plants)¦4¦(hair/nails)¦5¦(become)¦6¦(improve)¦7 it/money doesn't grow on treesPhrasal verbsgrow apartgrow into somebody/somethinggrow on somebodygrow outgrow out of somethinggrow up▬▬▬▬▬▬▬[: Old English; Origin: growan]1.) ¦(INCREASE)¦a)to increase in amount, size, number, or strength≠ ↑shrink▪ Support for Mr Thompson is growing.grow by▪ Sales of new cars grew by 10% last year.grow from/to▪ The number of students at the college has grown from 200 to over 500.▪ A growing number of people are taking part-time jobs.grow rapidly/slowly/steadily▪ The economy has grown steadily over the last ten years.▪ Fears are growing for the crew's safety.grow in▪ a city that is still growing in size▪ Skiing has really grown in popularity.▪ There is growing concern about climate change.▪ my growing interest in Chinab) [T]to make a business or part of a business bigger and more successful▪ We want to grow the export side of the business.2.) ¦(PERSON/ANIMAL)¦ [I]to become bigger, taller etc over a period of time in the process of becoming an adult≠ ↑shrink▪ You've really grown since I last saw you.▪ Victor seemed to grow taller every day.grow 2 inches/5cm etc▪ Stan grew two inches in six months.3.) ¦(PLANTS)¦a) [I]if plants grow, they exist and develop in a natural way▪ a tree which will grow well in most types of soil▪ The plants grow wild (=grow without anyone looking after them) by the river.b) [T]to make plants or crops develop and produce fruit or flowers→↑raise▪ Many families own plots of land to grow food.▪ Britain grows 6,000,000 tonnes of potatoes a year.▪ The growing season is from April to September.4.) ¦(HAIR/NAILS)¦a) [T]if you grow your hair or nails, you do not cut them▪ I've decided to grow my hair long .grow a beard/moustacheb) [I]when hair or nails grow, they become longer5.) ¦(BECOME)¦a) [>I always + adj]to change and become different quite slowly▪ The sound was growing louder.▪ Her tastes have changed as she's grown older.▪ Donna has grown tired of being a model.▪ Gradually, Fiona's eyes grew used to the darkness (=she gradually became able to see a little better) .b) [I]to gradually change your opinions and have a feeling that you did not have beforegrow to like/hate/respect etc▪ After a while the kids grew to like Mr Cox.▪ the city he had grown to love[i]see usage note ↑become6.) ¦(IMPROVE)¦to gradually become better, bigger etcgrow as▪ She's grown tremendously as a musician.7.) it/money doesn't grow on trees[i]spoken used to say that you should not waste moneygrow apart phr vif two people grow apart, their relationship becomes less close▪ The couple had been growing apart for years.grow into / [grow into sb/sth] phr v1.) to develop over time and become a particular kind of person or thing▪ Sue grew into a lovely young woman.▪ The two-part show has grown into a full-fledged series.2.) to gradually learn how to do a job or deal with a situation successfully▪ She will grow into her new role over the next few months.3.) if a child grows into clothes, he or she becomes big enough to wear themgrow on [grow on sb] phr vif something grows on you, you gradually like it more and more▪ I hated his music at first, but it grows on you.grow out phr vif you grow out a hair style, or if it grows out, you gradually grow your hair until the style disappearsgrow sth<=>out▪ I'm growing my fringe out.grow out of [grow out of sth] phr v1.) if a child grows out of clothes, he or she becomes too big to wear them= ↑outgrow2.) if someone grows out of something, they stop doing it as they get older= ↑outgrow▪ Mike finally seems to be growing out of his rebelliousness.3.) to develop or happen as a result of something else that happened or existed▪ His art grew out of his love of nature.▪ legislation which grew out of concern over the increasing crime rategrow up phr v1.) to develop from being a child to being an adult▪ What do you want to be when you grow up?▪ I grew up in Chicago.2.) grow up!spoken used to tell someone to behave in a more responsible way, like an adult3.) to start to exist or develop gradually▪ Trading settlements grew up by the river.
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.