Growth - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ɡroʊθ|  American pronunciation of the word growth
Brit.  |ɡrəʊθ|  British pronunciation of the word growth

noun

- (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 (syn: development, growing, maturation, ontogenesis, ontogeny)
- a progression from simpler to more complex forms
- a process of becoming larger or longer or more numerous or more important(syn: increase, increment)
- vegetation that has grown
- the gradual beginning or coming forth (syn: emergence, outgrowth)
- (pathology) an abnormal proliferation of tissue (as in a tumor)
- something grown or growing

Examples

He had a growth spurt when he was 16 years old.

She's concerned that the medication might slow her child's growth.

He discovered a substance that promotes the growth of new blood vessels.

The city has undergone explosive growth in recent years.

He sees his college years as an opportunity for personal growth.

It's important to prune the bush every year to encourage new growth.

Their profits have averaged five percent growth in the last four years.

The tree has an average annual growth of almost a foot.

A thick growth of underbrush

A typical example of its use is for the growth of crystals.

This helps to ripen new growth and makes it flower profusely.

We've seen an enormous growth in the number of businesses using the Web.

The company is preparing for zero growth (=no growth) this year.

Debt collection is a huge growth industry.

Vitamins are essential for healthy growth.

Word forms

noun
singular: growth
plural: growths
See also:  WebsterWiktionaryLongman