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English

Etymology

Old English grōwan, from Germanic *grō-. Cognate with Dutch groeien. Compare grass, green.

Pronunciation

Verb

Infinitive
to grow

Third person singular
grows

Simple past
grew

Past participle
grown

Present participle
growing

to grow (third-person singular simple present grows, present participle growing, simple past grew, past participle grown)
  1. (intransitive) To become bigger.
    Children grow quickly.
  2. (intransitive) To appear or sprout.
    The plant began to grow.
    A long tail began to grow from his backside.
  3. (transitive) To cause something to become bigger, especially plants.
    He grows peppers and squash each summer in his garden.

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Usage notes

Growed is a slang or dialect inflection for the simple past and past participle.

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References

  • "grow" at The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911.

grow” in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.

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