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 matturity 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 of 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.
Synonym: to become, increase, enlarge, augment, improve, expand, extend.
Origin: as. Grawan; akin to D. Groeijen, Icel. Groa, dan. Groe, Sw. Gro. Cf. Green, grass.