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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


Synonymsturn


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


Causegrow


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


Synonymsdevelop


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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