Webster 1913 Edition
p. pr. & vb. n.
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.
To increase in any way; to become larger and stronger; to be augmented; to advance; to extend; to wax; to accrue.
Winter began to
Even just the sum that I do owe to you
growingto me by Antipholus.
To spring up and come to maturity in a natural way; to be produced by vegetation; to thrive; to flourish;
growsin warm countries
Where law faileth, error
To pass from one state to another; to result as an effect from a cause; to become;
For his mind
To become attached or fixed; to adhere.
Our knees shall kneel till to the ground they
Growing cell, or
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.–
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.
Syn. – To become; increase; enlarge; augment; improve; expand; extend.
Syn. – To raise; to cultivate. See
Webster 1828 Edition
1.To enlarge in bulk or stature, by a natural, imperceptible addition of matter, through ducts and secreting organs, as animal and vegetable bodies; to vegetate as plants, or to be augmented by natural process, as animals. Thus, a plant grows from a seed to a shrub or tree, and a human being grows from a fetus to a man.
He causeth the grass to grow for cattle. Ps.104.
2.To be produced by vegetation; as, wheat grows in most parts of the world; rice grows only in warm climates.
3.To increase; to be augmented; to wax; as, a body grows larger by inflation or distension; intemperance is a growing evil.
4.To advance; to improve; to make progress; as, to grow in grace, in knowledge, in piety. The young man is growing in reputation.
5.To advance; to extend. His reputation is growing.
6.To come by degrees; to become; to reach any state; as, he grows more skillful, or more prudent. Let not vice grow to a habit, or into a habit.
7.To come forward; to advance. [Not much used.]
Winter began to grow fast on.
8.To be changed from one state to another; to become; as, to grow pale; to grow poor; to grow rich.
9.To proceed, as from a cause or reason. Lax morals may grow from errors in opinion.
10. To accrue; to come.
Why should damage grow to the hurt of the kings. Ezra.4.
11. To swell; to increase; as, the wind grew to a tempest.
To grow out of, to issue from; as plants from the soil, or as a branch from the main stem.
These wars have grown out of commercial considerations.
To grow up, to arrive at manhood, or to advance to full stature or maturity.
To grow up,
To grow together, To close and adhere; to become united by growth; as flesh or the bark of a tree severed.
Grow, signifies properly to shoot out, to enlarge; but it is often used to denote a passing from one state to another, and from greater to less.
Marriages grow less frequent.
[To grow less, is an abuse of this word; the phrase should be to become less.]