Definition of sprout in English:

sprout

Syllabification: sprout
Pronunciation: /sprout
 
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verb

[no object]
1(Of a plant) put forth shoots: the weeds begin to sprout
More example sentences
  • The two blueberry bushes are sprouting and I've watered them a little bit.
  • Some species will sprout right away; others could take a year or more to grow.
  • Only a small percentage from each weed species sprouts each year.
Synonyms
germinate, put/send out shoots, bud, burgeon
1.1 [with object] Grow (plant shoots or hair): many black cats sprout a few white hairs
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  • The spokesman added that many sportsmen sprouted facial hair and wore their hair long in the 1970s.
  • She looked at me as if I'd sprouted purple hair.
  • Beech is usually quite amenable to hard cutting back, as long as it gets plenty of light it will quickly sprout new shoots from the older wood.
Synonyms
grow, develop, put/send out
1.2 [no object] (Of a plant, flower, or hair) start to grow; spring up: crocuses sprouted up from the grass
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  • With the first rains, leaves sprout on trees and bushes and the savannah grass grows to several yards within a few months.
  • The leafy stems sprout from the underground tuberous roots in early spring.
  • Wild plants and flowers sprouted all over the place, creeping up the trees.
Synonyms
spring up, shoot up, come up, grow, burgeon, develop, appear
1.3 [no object] Appear or develop suddenly and in large numbers: plush new hotels are sprouting up everywhere
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  • Across the country, smarter, better-planned, more walkable developments are sprouting up without sprawling out.
  • There is no way they can keep investment excitement from sprouting up all over the world.
  • Becoming an industry leader requires more than sprouting locations across the country.

noun

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1A shoot of a plant.
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  • When buying garlic, look for firm heads with papery skins, and avoid any with green sprouts.
  • From the ground, green sprouts start to appear through the cracks in the brickwork.
  • It's as easy to grow as green onions - just push the cloves down into the soil and in a few weeks, you'll have sprouts poking through.
1.1 (sprouts) Young shoots eaten as a vegetable, especially the shoots of alfalfa, mung beans, or soybeans.
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  • Foods that can become contaminated with Salmonella include raw or undercooked meats, unpasteurized milk, raw or lightly cooked eggs and alfalfa sprouts.
  • Using alfalfa sprouts to relieve hot flashes is a successful folk remedy from New Mexico.
  • Add the parsley, sunflower sprouts, bell pepper, and romaine lettuce; toss to coat, season, and set aside.
2 short for Brussels sprout.
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  • My colleague selected honey-glazed pork in garlic, together with roast potatoes, sprouts and diced swede.
  • I love very basic vegetables like potatoes and broccoli and asparagus and sprouts.
  • Check winter vegetables, particularly sprouts, cabbage and broccoli for signs of black aphids.

Origin

Middle English: related to Dutch spruiten and German spriessen.

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