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past tense grew past participle grown
American English: /ɡroʊ/
British English: /ɡrəʊ/

Translation of grow in Spanish:

intransitive verb

  • 1
    heather grows abundantly in Scotland
    el brezo crece or se da en abundancia en Escocia
    the leaves don't grow until the spring
    las hojas no salen hasta la primavera
    a cherry tree grows in our garden
    tenemos un cerezo en el jardín
    Example sentences
    • Unlike a moving fibroblast, however, the extending axon also grows in size, with an accompanying increase in the total surface area of the neuron's plasma membrane.
    • It seemed that the dot grew slightly in size as the intensity setting was increased.
    • Max's whole body had grown in size in around a minute; instead of being his usual 6'4, he was now around 7 to 8 feet tall.
    Example sentences
    • Grass grew, foliage returned to trees' canopies, and blooming flowers proliferated.
    • Nitrate is the main source of nitrogen for most plant species growing in aerobic soils.
    • Grass grows well enough there, but it's usually found in raggedly in orchards, or on fields for animals to eat.
  • 2 2.1 (get bigger, taller)
    how you've grown!
    ¡qué grande estás!
    ¡cómo has crecido!
    I've grown (by) an inch, I've grown an inch taller
    he crecido una pulgada
    pythons can grow (to) more than 20 feet long or to a length of more than 20 feet
    las pitones pueden llegar a medir más de seis metros de largo
    2.2 (develop spiritually, emotionally)
    Example sentences
    • Cities in Afghanistan didn't grow because of the rivers; they grew up because they were on the ring road or connected to it.
    • Second, it seeks to reverse the insidious culture of division that has grown up around the existence of these principles.
    • At some point, a complex wooden network began to grow up the walls of the entrance area.
    2.3 (expand, increase)
    club membership is still growing
    el número de socios del club sigue aumentando
    invest with us and watch your money grow
    invierta con nosotros y vea crecer su dinero
    output/demand grew by 40%
    la producción/demanda aumentó en un 40%
    the economy is growing again
    la economía vuelve a experimentar un período de crecimiento or expansión
    his confidence grew as he became more experienced
    su confianza en sí mismo iba aumentando or creciendo a medida que adquiría experiencia
    to grow in popularity/importance/intensity
    crecer or aumentar en popularidad/importancia/intensidad
    Example sentences
    • The last has seen the highest increase in price in the last year, growing in value by 15.4%.
    • Money and its availability is usually the primary concern for all budget holders while the latter is growing in importance and complexity.
    • It's a procedure that's growing in popularity in America, and especially here in Hollywood.
  • 3 3.1 (become) to grow tired
    to grow fatter to grow careless/contemptuous
    volverse descuidado/desdeñoso
    to grow indifferent to something
    volverse indiferente or insensible a algo
    to grow dark
    (at dusk) oscurecer
    to grow smaller
    hacerse más pequeño
    to grow old
    volverse viejo
    the signal grew fainter and fainter
    la señal se hacía cada vez más débil
    she grows more beautiful each day
    cada día que pasa está más guapa
    the weather grew better/worse towards the end of the month
    el tiempo mejoró/empeoró hacia finales de mes
    we've grown used to having a dishwasher
    nos hemos acostumbrado a tener lavavajillas
    he grows more like his father every day
    cada día que pasa se parece más a su padre
    3.2 (get)to grow to + infinitiveshe grew to love him
    llegó a quererlo
    se fue enamorando de él
    I grew to hate the routine
    llegué a odiar aquella rutina
    she'd grown to expect that of him
    se había acostumbrado a esperar eso de él
    Example sentences
    • It penetrated through the houses, shaking the earth and pounding the eardrums of a garbled populace which had gradually grown accustomed to the noise.
    • Initially he supported its Congregationalist ideology, but gradually grew dissatisfied.
    • A distant drumming could be heard gradually growing louder and louder.

transitive verb

  • 1 1.1 (cultivate)
    Example sentences
    • Some grass is grown on the farm for hay or silage, together with swede, turnip or kale for winter forage because grass growth declines drastically in the winter.
    • These trees are easily grown from seed which germinates very quickly.
    • The range of flavors is determined by where this plant species is grown and how it's processed.
    1.2to grow a beard/mustache
    dejarse (crecer) la barba/el bigote
    to grow one's hair/nails (long)
    dejarse crecer el pelo/las uñas
    if deer lose their antlers they can grow new ones
    si un ciervo pierde sus astas le pueden salir nuevas

Phrasal verbs

grow apart

verb + adverb
(couple)they were growing apart
su relación se estaba enfriando

grow away from

verb + adverb + preposition + object
distanciarse de

grow from

verb + preposition + object
surgir de
nacer de [literary]

grow into

verb + preposition + object
1 (become)
convertirse en
2 (grow to fit) she will soon grow into these dresses
pronto podrá usar or le quedarán bien estos vestidos

grow on

verb + preposition + object
[colloquial]the song grew on me gradually
la canción poco a poco me empezó a gustar
the kind of music that grows on you
el tipo de música que llega a gustar con el tiempo

grow out

1verb + adverbto wait till a perm grows out
esperar hasta que el pelo crezca y se pueda cortar la permanente
2verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + objectto grow a perm out
dejarse crecer el pelo hasta poder cortarse la permanente

grow out of

verb + adverb + preposition + object
quitarse (con el tiempo o la edad)
isn't it about time you grew out of these tantrums?
ya eres mayorcito para que te den estas rabietas ¿no?
it's just a phase, she'll grow out of it
son cosas de la edad, ya se le pasará
2 (clothes)she's grown out of those shoes already
esos zapatos ya le quedan chicos
esos zapatos ya le están pequeños (Spain)
3 (idea)
surgir de
nacer de [literary]

grow together

verb + adverb
hacerse más amigos
since his death, the children have grown closer together
su muerte ha unido aún más a sus hijos or ha reforzado el vínculo entre sus hijos

grow up

verb + adverb
1 (spend childhood)
she grew up in New York
se crió en Nueva York
2 (become adult)
hacerse mayor
when I grow up …
cuando sea grande or mayor …
grow up!
¡no seas infantil!
to grow up into something
convertirse en algo
llegar a ser algo
I want them to grow up into warm human beings
quiero que se conviertan en or que lleguen a ser personas con calor humano
she grew up to become the first woman to …
llegó a ser la primera mujer que …
3 (arise) (friendship/custom/feeling)
nacer [literary]
their business has grown up out of nothing
su negocio ha surgido de la nada
a small township grew up around the mine
un pequeño poblado se desarrolló alrededor de la mina
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