verb (past grew /ɡruː/; past participle grown /ɡrəʊn/)[no object]
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Imagine growing a replacement body, having your head transplanted to it, and then eating the old body.
- They are actual alien life forms exploiting the gestational nature of my body to try and grow bodies of their own.
- In Masai culture, only warriors are allowed to grow their hair out.
- 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.
- If so, it is because you have changed or because you have grown to see the person more clearly?
- He has quickly grown to love the work, the people it has brought him in contact with, and the region he had been waiting to return to.
- Obviously factory work was worse because it was so bloody noisy as well, but I really grew to hate those assignments too, as people made the same mistakes over and over and over.
- 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.
- But it is the money from business that has grown the industry and accelerated the technology, not hobbying.
- We are expanding but will grow a business to suit ourselves.
- We cannot grow the business because if you want to grow the business you have to get more money.
- 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.
Although grow is typically used intransitively, as in he would watch Nick grow to manhood, its use as a transitive verb has long been standard in contexts which refer to growing plants and one’s hair ( more land was needed to grow crops; she grew her hair long). Recently, however, grow has extended its transitive sense and become popular in business jargon: entrepreneurs who are struggling to grow their businesses.
grow on trees
- [usually with negative] informal Be plentiful or easily obtained: jobs don’t grow on treesMore example sentences
- That party thinks that money just grows on trees and is there for the picking.
- Money doesn't grow on trees, and neither does happiness or anything else worth having.
- For four nights, every middle-class family in town forsook watching TV sitcoms to see the fireworks, and suddenly, we lived in a city where public transportation seemed to grow on trees.
- (Of two or more people) become gradually estranged: he and his wife had been growing apart for at least a yearMore example sentences
- His parents gradually grew apart and his father moved to Monte Carlo while his mother, who was deaf, became an Orthodox nun.
- In the 1930s, however, the members gradually grew apart.
- It is the difference between growing apart and falling apart…
grow away from
- Become gradually separated from (one’s family, friends, or background): emotionally his family had grown away from himMore example sentences
- I'm in the military and away from home; many of my friends from home grew away from me.
- But this is not the world that his character is trying to escape or grow away from.
- Having expressed all your pain you grow away from it.
- The whole point of America is that it didn't just grow into nationhood from the gradual merging of peoples and consolidation of lands.
- After the better part of a decade hoping that the person I am growing into was good enough for her I had my moment of glory, and now I have my lifetime of regrets.
- The bone cells were cultured in lab until they grew into a big enough chunk that a jeweller could carve it into a ring.
- Become gradually more appealing to (someone): the tune grows on youMore example sentences
- But give the director that whim, and this film grows on you gradually.
- And the damn thing grows on you, like the most insidious radio tunes.
- Sometimes a new car's appearance grows on you, sometimes it does not appeal at all.
- Disappear because of normal growth: Colette’s old perm had almost grown outMore example sentences
- They have a downward-pointing hook at the end of their upper beak that grows out and disappears by the time the nestlings fledge.
- What are some good styling options for short relaxed hair as a perm grows out?
- Experience has shown that each notched lobster will probably go through two breeding cycles before the mark grows out and it can legally be landed.
grow out of
- Become too large to wear (a garment): blazers that they grew out ofMore example sentences
- Then there are doctor's bills and medicine and clothes that they grow out of practically before they have a chance to wear them.
- If the school has a long list of uniform requirements the costs can mount up rapidly, particularly as the child might quickly grow out of an expensive blazer or need new sports shoes.
- I made my bed thoughtfully - it was lucky I was nearing sixteen and wasn't going to be here long enough to grow out of my clothes and then be made to wear second hands.
- Become too mature to retain (a childish habit): most children grow out of tantrums by the time they’re threeMore example sentences
- As it happens, lying was a habit my friend grew out of.
- It's much easier to go along with your toddler and humour his needs until he grows out of these strange habits.
- I do blame smoking in public for my habit, alongside peer pressure - something you never grow out of.
- Become an adult: a young girl who grew up in TexasMore example sentences
- Longing to be an adult is part of growing up, part of the normal expression of most children's fantasy lives.
- Would it be better to treat children like adults while they are growing up?
- Not surprisingly, when these children grow up to be young adults, they do just that.
- [often in imperative] Begin to behave or think sensibly: grow up, sister, and come into the real worldMore example sentences
- On the day when it begins to discipline itself with a self-denying ordinance we shall know it has begun to grow up.
- Just as childhood friendships fall apart when one friend grows up faster than the other, it couldn't make the leap to next generation consoles.
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- ‘I'd set the guy up with a growable swap file,’ he said.