Definition of growth in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɡrōTH/


1The process of increasing in physical size: the upward growth of plants the growth of the city affects the local climate
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  • We found no difference in growth rate or size of individuals as a function of coating thickness.
  • In particular, size and growth rate are related to movement behavior in a complex manner.
  • They varied greatly in age, size, growth rate, and geographical areas covered.
development, maturation, growing, germination, sprouting;
1.1The process of developing or maturing physically, mentally, or spiritually: keeping a journal can be a vital step in our personal growth
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  • It generates a sense of wellbeing and energy and is a powerful tool for personal development and spiritual growth.
  • They should also benefit from broader opportunities for personal growth and development.
  • The above concepts are useful to guide personal growth and development.
expansion, extension, development, progress, advance, advancement, headway, spread;
rise, success, boom, upturn, upswing
1.2The increase in number and spread of small or microscopic organisms: some additives slow down the growth of microorganisms
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  • Sunlight seems to stop growth of the yeast organism that causes affected areas to become inflamed.
  • The cell body also contains the organelles responsible for cell metabolism, growth, and repair.
  • Their proper functioning is dependent on glutamine as a metabolic fuel for growth and proliferation.
1.3The process of increasing in amount, value, or importance: the rates of population growth are lowest in the north
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  • A growth in the amount of books on herbs and their properties also begins later in the century.
  • By extension, growth in human population leads to an increase in demand for food, water and other natural resources.
  • This figure might be viewed as the product of high demand meeting artificially low supply rather than being based on steady growth in rental values.
increase, expansion, augmentation, proliferation, multiplication, enlargement, mushrooming, snowballing, rise, escalation, buildup
1.4Increase in economic value or activity: the government aims to get growth back into the economy
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  • It is fashionable to decry the impact of higher oil prices on economic activity and growth.
  • If they rise because economic growth appears to be accelerating, the increase will be harmless.
  • His answer to the pension problem was increased economic growth and prosperity, which he said could be achieved by lower taxes.
2Something that has grown or is growing: a day’s growth of unshaven stubble on his chin
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  • Twin crystals are common; they show swallow-tail or arrow-head forms and more rarely cruciform growths, and may grow to 3-4 m long.
  • Don't expect a great view from the top of the hill as the regenerating growth has grown tall enough to obscure views of all but the mountain tops.
  • Lee had an operation here on Tuesday to remove bone growths on his left ankle after withdrawing from Australia's tour of Sir Lanka.
2.1 Medicine & Biology A tumor or other abnormal formation.
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  • This is the start of a cancerous growth, or cancer tumour.
  • Often called the silent killer, colon cancer is believed to begin when polyps or small benign growths evolve into cancer.
  • Fibroids are benign growths (not cancer) in the muscular wall of the uterus.
tumor, malignancy, cancer;
lump, excrescence, outgrowth, swelling, nodule;
cyst, polyp
3A vineyard or crop of grapes of a specified classification of quality, or a wine from it.
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  • A marvelous set of wines from the classified growths set up Saint-Julien as the proud owner of some of the very best wines of the vintage.
  • For two decades many classified growths produced wines that were mediocre at best, even in fine vintages.
  • Cult Cabernets ruled, along with first growth Bordeaux and grand cru Burgundy.

Words that rhyme with growth

both, loath, oath, quoth, sloth, Thoth, troth

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Syllabification: growth

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