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English noun: growth

1. growth (process) (biology) the process of an individual organism growing organically; a purely biological unfolding of events involved in an organism changing gradually from a simple to a more complex level

SamplesHe proposed an indicator of osseous development in children.

Synonymsdevelopment, growing, maturation, ontogenesis, ontogeny

Broader (hypernym)biological process, organic process

Narrower (hyponym)amelogenesis, angiogenesis, anthesis, apposition, auxesis, blossoming, caenogenesis, cainogenesis, cenogenesis, cohesion, cultivation, culture, cytogenesis, cytogeny, dentition, efflorescence, florescence, flowering, foliation, fructification, gametogenesis, germination, habit, inflorescence, infructescence, intussusception, juvenescence, kainogenesis, kenogenesis, leafing, life cycle, masculinisation, masculinization, morphogenesis, myelinisation, myelinization, neurogenesis, odontiasis, palingenesis, proliferation, psychogenesis, psychogenesis, psychomotor development, psychosexual development, recapitulation, rooting, sprouting, suppression, teething, teratogenesis, vegetation, virilisation, virilization

Part holonymgastrulation

Domain categorybiological science, biology

Domain category membersisometry


2. growth (process) a progression from simpler to more complex forms

SamplesThe growth of culture.

Broader (hypernym)development, evolution

3. growth (process) a process of becoming larger or longer or more numerous or more important

SamplesThe increase in unemployment.
The growth of population.

Synonymsincrease, increment

Broader (hypernym)physical process, process

Narrower (hyponym)accession, accretion, accretion, accretion, accretion, accumulation, broadening, multiplication, population growth, proliferation, pullulation, relaxation, widening

Antonymsdecrease, decrement

4. growth (group) vegetation that has grown

SamplesA growth of trees.
The only growth was some salt grass.

Broader (hypernym)botany, flora, vegetation

5. growth (event) the gradual beginning or coming forth

SamplesFigurines presage the emergence of sculpture in Greece.

Synonymsemergence, outgrowth

Broader (hypernym)beginning

Narrower (hyponym)rise

6. growth (state) (pathology) an abnormal proliferation of tissue (as in a tumor)

Broader (hypernym)illness, malady, sickness, unwellness

Narrower (hyponym)excrescence, exostosis, hamartoma, neoplasm, peduncle, polyp, polypus, tumor, tumour

Domain categorypathology

7. growth (object) something grown or growing

SamplesA growth of hair.

Broader (hypernym)object, physical object

Narrower (hyponym)ingrowth

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