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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


Antonymsnondevelopment

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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