Grow v. i. [imp. Grew p. p. Grown p. pr. & vb. n. Growing.]
1. To increase in size by a natural and organic process; to increase in bulk by the gradual assimilation of new matter into the living organism; -- said of animals and vegetables and their organs.
2. To increase in any way; to become larger and stronger; to be augmented; to advance; to extend; to wax; to accrue.
Winter began to grow fast on. --Knolles.
Even just the sum that I do owe to you
Is growing to me by Antipholus. --Shak.
3. To spring up and come to maturity in a natural way; to be produced by vegetation; to thrive; to flourish; as, rice grows in warm countries.
Where law faileth, error groweth. --Gower.
4. To pass from one state to another; to result as an effect from a cause; to become; as, to grow pale.
For his mind
Had grown Suspicion's sanctuary. --Byron.
5. To become attached or fixed; to adhere.
Our knees shall kneel till to the ground they grow. --Shak.
Growing cell, or Growing slide, a device for preserving alive a minute object in water continually renewed, in a manner to permit its growth to be watched under the microscope.
Grown over, covered with a growth.
To grow out of, to issue from, as plants from the soil, or as a branch from the main stem; to result from.
These wars have grown out of commercial considerations. --A. Hamilton.
-- To grow up, to arrive at full stature or maturity; as, grown up children.
To grow together, to close and adhere; to become united by growth, as flesh or the bark of a tree severed.
Syn: -- To become; increase; enlarge; augment; improve; expand; extend.
adj 1: increasing in size or degree or amount; "her growing
popularity"; "growing evidence of a world depression";
"a growing city"; "growing businesses"
2: having or showing vigorous vegetal or animal life;
"flourishing crops"; "flourishing chicks"; "a growing
boy"; "fast-growing weeds"; "a thriving deer population"
[syn: flourishing, thriving]
3: relating to or suitable for growth; "the growing season for
corn"; "good growing weather"
n 1: (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" [syn: growth, maturation,
development, ontogeny, ontogenesis] [ant: nondevelopment]
2: (electronics) the production of (semiconductor) crystals by
slow crystallization from the molten state