W2 [grəuθ US grouθ] n
5¦(personal development)¦
7¦(growing thing)¦
[Date: 1500-1600; Origin: grow]
1.) ¦(INCREASE)¦ [singular,U]
an increase in amount, number, or size
≠ ↑decline growth in/of
We've seen an enormous growth in the number of businesses using the Web.
the rapid growth of world population
the recent growth of interest in African music
2.) ¦(BUSINESS/ECONOMY)¦ [singular,U]
an increase in the value of goods or services produced and sold by a business or a country
≠ ↑decline
measures to stimulate economic growth
strong/rapid/slow etc growth
a period of rapid growth in the economy
The company is preparing for zero growth (=no growth) this year.
growth area/industry
Debt collection is a huge growth industry.
3.) ¦(SIZE/STRENGTH)¦ [singular,U]
the development of the physical size, strength etc of a person, animal, or plant over a period of time
Vitamins are essential for healthy growth.
a means of stimulating plant growth
a growth hormone (=substance in the body that causes you to grow)
4.) ¦(IMPORTANCE)¦ [singular,U]
a gradual increase in the importance or influence that something has
growth of
Cinemas declined with the growth of television.
the development of someone's character, intelligence, or emotions
A loving home is essential for a child's personal growth .
emotional/intellectual/spiritual etc growth
the journey toward spiritual growth
6.) ¦(DISEASE)¦
a swelling on or inside a person, animal, or plant, caused by disease
a cancerous growth
growth on
a growth on his lung
7.) ¦(GROWING THING)¦ [U and C]
something that has grown
Feed the plants to encourage new growth.
His chin bore a thick growth of stubble.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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