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Princeton's WordNet

  1. growth, growing, maturation, development, ontogeny, ontogenesisnoun

    (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

    "he proposed an indicator of osseous development in children"

  2. growthnoun

    a progression from simpler to more complex forms

    "the growth of culture"

  3. increase, increment, growthnoun

    a process of becoming larger or longer or more numerous or more important

    "the increase in unemployment"; "the growth of population"

  4. growthnoun

    vegetation that has grown

    "a growth of trees"; "the only growth was some salt grass"

  5. emergence, outgrowth, growthnoun

    the gradual beginning or coming forth

    "figurines presage the emergence of sculpture in Greece"

  6. growthnoun

    (pathology) an abnormal proliferation of tissue (as in a tumor)

  7. growthnoun

    something grown or growing

    "a growth of hair"


  1. growthnoun

    an increase in size, number, value, or strength

    Growth was dampened by a softening of the global economy in 2001, but picked up in the subsequent years due to strong growth in China.

  2. growthnoun

    the act of growing, getting bigger or higher

  3. growthnoun

    something that grows or has grown

  4. growthnoun

    an abnormal mass such as a tumor

  5. Etymology: From. Compare greyde, grøde, gröda. More at grow.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Growthnoun

    Etymology: from growth.

    Deep in the palace, of long growth there stood
    A laurel’s trunk, a venerable wood. John Dryden, Æn. b. vii.

    Those trees that have the slowest growth, are, for that reason, of the longest continuance. Francis Atterbury, Sermone.

    Forbidding every bleak unkindly fog
    To touch the prosperous growth of this tall wood. John Milton.

    Our little world, the image of the great,
    Of her own growth hath all that nature craves,
    And all that’s rare, as tribute from the waves. Edmund Waller.

    The trade of a country arises from the native growths of the soil or seas. William Temple.

    I had thought, for the honour of our nation, that this story was of English growth, and Geoffrey Chaucer ’s own. Dryden.

    What I have tried, or thought, or heard upon this subject, may go a great way in preventing the growth of this disease, where it is but new. William Temple.

    They say my son of York
    Has almost overta’en him in his growth. William Shakespeare, Rich. III.

    The stag, now conscious of his fatal growth,
    To some dark covert his retreat had made. John Denham.

    Though an animal arrives at its full growth at a certain age, perhaps it never comes to its full bulk ’till the last period of life. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.

    It grieved David’s religious mind to consider the growth of his own estate and dignity, the affairs of religion continuing still in the former manner. Richard Hooker, b. iv. s. 2.


  1. growth

    Growth refers to the process of increasing in size, amount, value, or importance. It can be physical, such as a living organism develops and becomes larger over time, or it can be abstract, such as a company experiencing significant expansion in its operations or profits. Growth is often viewed as a positive and necessary aspect for survival and advancement.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Growthnoun

    the process of growing; the gradual increase of an animal or a vegetable body; the development from a seed, germ, or root, to full size or maturity; increase in size, number, frequency, strength, etc.; augmentation; advancement; production; prevalence or influence; as, the growth of trade; the growth of power; the growth of intemperance. Idle weeds are fast in growth

  2. Growthnoun

    that which has grown or is growing; anything produced; product; consequence; effect; result

  3. Etymology: [Icel. grr, gri. See Grow.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Growth

    Gradual increase in the number, the size, and the complexity of cells of an individual. Growth generally results in increase in ORGAN WEIGHT; BODY WEIGHT; and BODY HEIGHT.

Editors Contribution

  1. growth

    A change in number or value.

    Economic growth is best when its moderate.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 15, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'growth' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #740

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'growth' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1797

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'growth' in Nouns Frequency: #328

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of growth in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of growth in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of growth in a Sentence

  1. Suh Yong-gu:

    Korea has a population structure that fits IKEA's basic growth DNA - demand from design-conscious one-person and two-people households.

  2. Yutaka Miura:

    It's natural for investors to be sceptical about growth in the coming months.

  3. Andy Solem:

    Trunk growth is slowing down, but we don't play in those markets given the slot constraints in these hubs. There is growth outside these cities.

  4. Manik Narain:

    The US dollar can inflict more pain on the markets because Manik Narain don't have the silver lining of better economic growth in the background.

  5. Hillary Clinton:

    Today, as the shadow of crisis recedes and longer-term challenges come into focus, I believe we have to build a growth and fairness economy, you can't have one without the other.

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