W1S1 [grəu US grou] v past tense grew [gru:] past participle grown [grəun US groun]
7 it/money doesn't grow on trees
Phrasal verbs
 grow apart
 grow into somebody/something
 grow on somebody
 grow out
 grow out of something
 grow up
[: Old English; Origin: growan]
1.) ¦(INCREASE)¦
to increase in amount, size, number, or strength
≠ ↑shrink
Support for Mr Thompson is growing.
grow by
Sales of new cars grew by 10% last year.
grow from/to
The number of students at the college has grown from 200 to over 500.
A growing number of people are taking part-time jobs.
grow rapidly/slowly/steadily
The economy has grown steadily over the last ten years.
Fears are growing for the crew's safety.
grow in
a city that is still growing in size
Skiing has really grown in popularity.
There is growing concern about climate change.
my growing interest in China
b) [T]
to make a business or part of a business bigger and more successful
We want to grow the export side of the business.
to become bigger, taller etc over a period of time in the process of becoming an adult
≠ ↑shrink
You've really grown since I last saw you.
Victor seemed to grow taller every day.
grow 2 inches/5cm etc
Stan grew two inches in six months.
3.) ¦(PLANTS)¦
a) [I]
if plants grow, they exist and develop in a natural way
a tree which will grow well in most types of soil
The plants grow wild (=grow without anyone looking after them) by the river.
b) [T]
to make plants or crops develop and produce fruit or flowers
Many families own plots of land to grow food.
Britain grows 6,000,000 tonnes of potatoes a year.
The growing season is from April to September.
4.) ¦(HAIR/NAILS)¦
a) [T]
if you grow your hair or nails, you do not cut them
I've decided to grow my hair long .
grow a beard/moustache
b) [I]
when hair or nails grow, they become longer
5.) ¦(BECOME)¦
a) [>I always + adj]
to change and become different quite slowly
The sound was growing louder.
Her tastes have changed as she's grown older.
Donna has grown tired of being a model.
Gradually, Fiona's eyes grew used to the darkness (=she gradually became able to see a little better) .
b) [I]
to gradually change your opinions and have a feeling that you did not have before
grow to like/hate/respect etc
After a while the kids grew to like Mr Cox.
the city he had grown to love
[i]see usage notebecome
6.) ¦(IMPROVE)¦
to gradually become better, bigger etc
grow as
She's grown tremendously as a musician.
7.) it/money doesn't grow on trees
[i]spoken used to say that you should not waste money
grow apart phr v
if two people grow apart, their relationship becomes less close
The couple had been growing apart for years.
grow into / [grow into sb/sth] phr v
1.) to develop over time and become a particular kind of person or thing
Sue grew into a lovely young woman.
The two-part show has grown into a full-fledged series.
2.) to gradually learn how to do a job or deal with a situation successfully
She will grow into her new role over the next few months.
3.) if a child grows into clothes, he or she becomes big enough to wear them
grow on [grow on sb] phr v
if something grows on you, you gradually like it more and more
I hated his music at first, but it grows on you.
grow out phr v
if you grow out a hair style, or if it grows out, you gradually grow your hair until the style disappears
grow sth<=>out
I'm growing my fringe out.
grow out of [grow out of sth] phr v
1.) if a child grows out of clothes, he or she becomes too big to wear them
= ↑outgrow
2.) if someone grows out of something, they stop doing it as they get older
= ↑outgrow
Mike finally seems to be growing out of his rebelliousness.
3.) to develop or happen as a result of something else that happened or existed
His art grew out of his love of nature.
legislation which grew out of concern over the increasing crime rate
grow up phr v
1.) to develop from being a child to being an adult
What do you want to be when you grow up?
I grew up in Chicago.
2.) grow up!
spoken used to tell someone to behave in a more responsible way, like an adult
3.) to start to exist or develop gradually
Trading settlements grew up by the river.

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