To grow

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to grow: to increase in size or amount, to expand; to become; to develop, to progress
Babies grow very quickly. They get big very fast!
Flowers grow at the bottom of my garden in spring.
The profits have grown by 20%. It's a big increase on last year's figures.

To grow can have other meanings:

He's growing impatient. He is becoming impatient.

This is an irregular verb:
I grow / I grew / I have grown

to grow up: to mature, to become an adult
You've grown up. You have matured, you're older now.
I grew up in Brooklyn. I spent my childhood years in Brooklyn.

This is an irregular verb:
I grow up / I grew up / I have grown up

growing: becoming bigger, increasing; becoming
Pronunciation examples
UK: My grandfather grows lettuce in the garden.
US: Your grandfather grows cannabis in the garden.


  • "Yes, the business has grown, but where is the human touch, hmm, Bruno?"
  • "Nothing good can grow in this place."
  • "It's the story of a young girl, growing up in a land, well, a land down under."
  • "We didn't really celebrate Christmas where I grew up."
  • "If you don't know the answers then you may have grown up listening to pop songs on digital formats like CDs and MP3s."
  • "Scientists estimate that the web's carbon footprint (the CO2 it produces) is growing at around 10% per year, which could be bad news for internet giants such as Moogle, Microtosh, and YouLube."
  • "Dad : Oh believe me, I grew up with grandpa Xavier, and plenty of people think he's weird."
  • "Did you know that this girl grew up in a condominium with no elevator?"
  • "Two years ago, our gross revenue was big, but still growing."
  • "Let me explain: the company is doing well, and our growing number of customers requires more attention than we are currently providing."

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