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Grow appears in the following tongue twisters:

  • Clowns grow glowing crowns.
  • The great Greek grape growers grow great Greek grapes.

Grow appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Won’t I be rare now, or grow one rare bit now?
  • An insider breeds deer bred now to grow or got wonder-breeds deer bred… is Nina?
  • As I let a date grow on Scilly, did we let a geneticist relax if I fix alerts I cite, negate lewd idyllic snow, or get a date, Lisa?
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Grow is sometimes a misspelling of grew.

The word grow is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the verb grow

What does grow mean as a doing word?

Grow is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections:

simple pastpast participlepresent participlethird-person singular

  1. pass into a condition gradually, take on a specific property or attribute; become
    • example: John will grow angry
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of grow: turn
    • more generic word: change = undergo a change; become different in essence
    • more specific words:
  2. become larger, greater, or bigger; expand or gain
    • example: The business is going to grow
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic word: increase = become bigger or greater in amount
    • more specific terms:
  3. increase in size by natural process
  4. cause to grow or develop
  5. develop and reach maturity; undergo maturation
    • example: Sam and Sue grow
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 3
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonyms of grow: maturate / mature
    • more generic word: develop = grow, progress, unfold, or evolve through a process of evolution, natural growth, differentiation, or a conducive environment
    • more specific terms:
    • entailment: age / get on / maturate / mature / senesce = grow old or older
  6. come into existence; take on form or shape
  7. cultivate by growing, often involving improvements by means of agricultural techniques
  8. come to have or undergo a change of (physical features and attributes)
    • lexical domain: Body Actions - verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care
    • synonyms of grow: acquire / develop / get / produce
    • more generic word: change = undergo a change; become different in essence
    • more specific terms:
  9. grow emotionally or mature
    • example: Sam and Sue grow
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Material] into [Product]The gardener grew that acorn into an oak tree
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Product] from / out of [Material]The gardener grew an oak tree from that acorn
      [Material - concrete object] [Verb] into [Product]That acorn will grow into an oak tree
      [Product - concrete object] [Verb] from / out of [Material]An oak tree will grow from that acorn

      Verbs of Transformation (with the same syntax): develop, evolve, generate, hatch, mature.

    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of grow: develop
    • more generic word: change = undergo a change; become different in essence
    • more specific words:
      • outgrow = grow too large or too mature for
      • make = develop into
  10. become attached by or as if by the process of growth
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic word: change = undergo a change; become different in essence

Alternative definition of the verb grow


  1. [intransitive] To become bigger.
  2. [intransitive] To appear or sprout.
  3. [transitive] To cause or allow something to become bigger, especially cultivate plants.
  4. [intransitive] To assume a condition or quality, usually a positive one.


  1. Grow is a town in Rusk County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 473 at the 2000 census.
  2. Grow is an unincorporated community in King County, Texas, United States. It lies in the north-central part of the county, approximately 85 miles east of Lubbock.


Grow a.k.a. Grow! is a record label.


  1. "Grow" is a musical album of Kabanjak Meets Protassov, Protassov, Kabanjak.
    • released in (10 years ago)
  2. "Grow" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  3. "Grow" is a musical album of Schtum.
    • released in (20 years ago)
  4. "Grow" is a musical album of Genus Pro.
    • released in (11 years ago)
  5. "Grow" a.k.a. "Grow!!" is a musical single of Hearts Grow.
    • released on (9 years ago)
  6. "Grow" is a musical album of Mree.
    • released on (4 years ago)
  7. "Grow" is a musical album of Niverse.
    • released in (7 years ago)
  8. "Grow" is a musical album of Chon.
    • released on
  9. "Grow" is a musical album of Three Seasons.
    • released on
  10. "Grow" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  11. "Grow" is a musical album of Little Wings.
    • released on (10 years ago)
  12. "Grow" is a musical album of Winther-John.
    • released in (12 years ago)
  13. "Grow" is a musical single of Kubb.
    • released on (9 years ago)
  14. "Grow" is a musical album of Honor Among Thieves.


"Grow": Groeien is a 2011 short film directed by Johan Rijpma.


  1. GROW is a series of Flash-based puzzle games created by Japanese indie game developer, On, and posted to his website, The series, which was launched on February 7, 2002, comprises 11 full games, 6 minigames, and 1 cancelled game. The most recently released title was published in February 2014. The games all feature a simple click-button interface requiring the player to determine the correct combination of buttons to click to maximize visual reward and ultimately to achieve the good ending. Graphically spare and minimalist, GROW games employ a cute aesthetic and often include creatures and characters taken from On's other games like those in the Tontie Series.
  2. GROW is a peer support and mutual-aid organization for recovery from, and prevention of, serious mental illness. GROW was founded in Sydney, Australia in 1957 by Father Cornelius B. "Con" Keogh, a Roman Catholic priest, and psychiatric patients who sought help with their mental illness in Alcoholics Anonymous. Consequently, GROW adapted many of AA's principles and practices. As the organization matured, GROW members learned of Recovery International, an organization also created to help people with serious mental illness, and integrated pieces of its will-training methods. As of 2005 there were more than 800 GROW groups active worldwide. GROW groups are open to anyone who would like to join, though they specifically seek out those who have a history of psychiatric hospitalization or are socioeconomically disadvantaged. Despite the capitalization, GROW is not an acronym. Much of GROW's initial development was made possible with support of from Orval Hobart Mowrer, Reuben F. Scarf, W. Clement Stone and Lions Clubs International.

Phrases with Grow

Phrases starting with the word Grow:

  1. Grow on
  2. Grow Op
  3. grow up
  4. grow cold
  5. grow into
  6. grow over
  7. Grow house
  8. Grow light
  9. Grow a Pair
  10. Grow Out of
  11. Grow Operation
  12. Grow Like Topsy

Phrases ending with the word Grow:

  1. make grow
  2. Hear the Grass Grow
  3. Mighty Oaks from Little Acorns Grow

Other phrases containing the word Grow:

  1. to grow up
  2. To Grow Out of
  3. Money Doesn't Grow on Trees
  4. Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Grow

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Google previewDynamic Stillness Part One: The Practice of Trika Yoga (2013)

by Swami Chetanananda

The wish to grow is a strategy for taking our attention beyond our present condition and beyond our immediate experience of time and space—not to some future time, but just beyond. Having this wish arouses the life force—the kundalini ...

Google previewCovell's Digest of English Grammar (1852)

A Digest of English Grammar, Synthetical and Analytical, Classified and Methodically Arranged; Accompanied by a Chart of Sentences. And Adapted to the Use of Schools by L. T. Covell

Treet grow — is a sentence, because it is a thought expressed in words : a simple sentence, because it contains but one proposition : a proposition, because it contains a subject and predicate : trees is the subject : grow is the predicate.

Google previewGet, Set & Grow : A Handbook Of Medical Representative (1996)

by Vivek Mehrotra

Get Set & Grow Is An Attempt To Properly Channelize The Full Potential Of A Medical Representative In The Right Direction.

Google previewThe Nature of Clinical Medicine (2014)

The Return of the Clinician by Eric J. Cassell

grow is a careerlong project. As discussed previously, that means that tomorrow you will be better than today and even better next month, but you have patients to take care of now. Doing the best you can today is all you can ask of yourself ...

Google previewRecovery Groups (2014)

A Guide to Creating, Leading, and Working With Groups For Addictions and Mental Health Conditions by Linda Farris Kurtz DPA

GROW is an international association with ...

Google previewEcocity Berkeley (1987)

Building Cities for a Healthy Future by Richard Register

For Berkeley, the responsibility to grow means considerable increase in residential growth in and near downtown and continued, though DOWNTOWN ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Owa (2014)

A Language of the Solomon Islands by Greg Mellow

araragai Common Dart (grow to 61cm), Blackspotted Dart (grow to 54cm). Trachinotus bolta, T. bailloni aringapuru1 Australian Bonito. Sarda australis ariu Bluefin Trevally, Papuan Trevally (grow to 100cm). Caranx melampygus, C. sansun ...

Google previewBasic Dictionary of Plants and Gardening (2000)

by Bobbie Neate, Nick Wright

Grow. Fruit (noun) (S) fruit/ Fruit is part of a flower (the ovary) after it has received the pollen and has dropped its petals. A fruit contains the seeds of a plant. , It gives protection for the seeds. Examples of fruit are tomatoes, apples and pears.

Google previewA Dictionary of the Choctaw Language (1915)

by Cyrus Byington

anli, isht amiha iksho groundnuts; yakni anunka waya, yakni bala grounds, lakchi group, lukoli group, to; lukolichi grouped, lukoligrove; iti lukoli, talaia grovel , to; balali, makali groveler; balali, hatak makali grow, to; achoshunni, alikti, bafaha, ...

Google previewShakespeare's Plants and Gardens: A Dictionary (2014)

by Vivian Thomas, Nicki Faircloth

graft,grape, grass, ground, grow, hedge, herb, hive, honey, iris, kernel, knot, land, leaf,limb, lime, lodge, manor, marjoram, marrow, ...

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Usage statistics about grow

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the verb grow:

spoken English35.37%written English64.63% imaginative writing55.92%informational writing44.08%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb grow:


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Quotes about Grow

Sometimes we sow little treasures
but they fall on stony ground
and there they fail to grow.
While others are sown with impunity
and grow and grow and grow. (David Harris)
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Scrabble value of G2R1O1W4

The value of this 4-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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