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English verb: grow

1. grow (change) pass into a condition gradually, take on a specific property or attribute; become

SamplesThe weather turned nasty.
She grew angry.

ExamplesJohn will grow angry


Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP.
Something ----s something Adjective/Noun.
Something ----s Adjective/Noun

Broader (hypernym)change

Narrower (hyponym)bald, turn

Verb groupchange state, turn

2. grow (change) become larger, greater, or bigger; expand or gain

SamplesThe problem grew too large for me.
Her business grew fast.

ExamplesThe business is going to grow

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)increase

Narrower (hyponym)augment, boom, branch, burgeon, climb, develop, enlarge, expand, expand, expand, flourish, go up, grow over, hypertrophy, lengthen, mushroom, overgrow, proliferate, prove, ramify, rise, rise, root, spread out, stretch, thrive, vegetate

3. grow (change) increase in size by natural process

SamplesCorn doesn't grow here.
In these forests, mushrooms grow under the trees.
Her hair doesn't grow much anymore.

ExamplesDid his feet grow?

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)develop

Narrower (hyponym)ancylose, ankylose, bourgeon, burgeon forth, cut, exfoliate, germinate, pullulate, shoot, sprout, spud, twin, undergrow, vegetate, vegetate

Verb groupgrow

4. grow (change) cause to grow or develop

SamplesHe grows vegetables in his backyard.

ExamplesThey grow rye in the field

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)develop, make grow

Narrower (hyponym)culture, germinate, root, rotate, swell, vegetate


Verb groupgrow

5. grow (change) develop and reach maturity; undergo maturation

SamplesHe matured fast.
The child grew fast.

ExamplesSam and Sue grow

Synonymsmaturate, mature

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)develop

Narrower (hyponym)find, find oneself, grow up, ripen

Entailage, get on, maturate, mature, senesce

6. grow (stative) come into existence; take on form or shape

SamplesA new religious movement originated in that country.
A love that sprang up from friendship.
The idea for the book grew out of a short story.
An interesting phenomenon uprose.

Synonymsarise, develop, originate, rise, spring up, uprise

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)become

Narrower (hyponym)come, come forth, emerge, follow, head, resurge, swell, well up

Verb groupdevelop

7. grow (creation) cultivate by growing, often involving improvements by means of agricultural techniques

SamplesThe Bordeaux region produces great red wines.
They produce good ham in Parma.
We grow wheat here.
We raise hogs here.

ExamplesThey grow rye in the field

Synonymsfarm, produce, raise

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)cultivate

Narrower (hyponym)carry, keep, overproduce

Domain categoryagriculture, farming, husbandry

8. grow (body) come to have or undergo a change of (physical features and attributes)

SamplesHe grew a beard.
The patient developed abdominal pains.
I got funny spots all over my body.
Well-developed breasts.

Synonymsacquire, develop, get, produce

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)change

Narrower (hyponym)cut, feather, fledge, get up, leaf, pod, pupate, regrow, spring, sprout, stock, stool, teethe, tiller, work up

Verb groupacquire, develop, evolve

9. grow (change) grow emotionally or mature

SamplesThe child developed beautifully in her new kindergarten.
When he spent a summer at camp, the boy grew noticeably and no longer showed some of his old adolescent behavior.

ExamplesSam and Sue grow


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)change

Narrower (hyponym)make, outgrow

10. grow (change) become attached by or as if by the process of growth

SamplesThe tree trunks had grown together.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)change

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