Definition of sprout in English:

sprout

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Pronunciation: /sprəʊt
 
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verb

[no object]
  • 1(Of a plant) put out shoots: the weeds begin to sprout
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    • 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 forth shoots, bud
    rare burgeon, vegetate, pullulate
  • 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; send forth, put forth
  • 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, mushroom, proliferate
  • 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: the flower pots are full of green sprouts
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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, especially of alfalfa, mung beans, or soybeans, eaten as a vegetable.
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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: of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch spruiten and German spriessen.

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