[groo] /gru/

simple past tense of .
[groh] /groʊ/
verb (used without object), grew, grown, growing.
to increase by natural development, as any living organism or part by assimilation of nutriment; increase in size or substance.
to form and increase in size by a process of inorganic accretion, as by crystallization.
to arise or issue as a natural development from an original happening, circumstance, or source:
Our friendship grew from common interests.
to increase gradually in size, amount, etc.; become greater or larger; expand:
His influence has grown.
to become gradually attached or united by or as if by :
The branches of the trees grew together, forming a natural arch.
to come to be by degrees; become:
to grow old.
Nautical. to lie or extend in a certain direction, as an anchor cable.
verb (used with object), grew, grown, growing.
to cause to grow:
They grow corn.
to allow to grow:
to grow a beard.
to cover with a (used in the passive):
a field grown with corn.
Verb phrases
grow into,

grow on/upon,

grow out of,

grow up,

grow a pair, Slang: Vulgar. (def 23).
the past tense of grow
verb grows, growing, grew (ɡruː), grown (ɡrəʊn)
(of an organism or part of an organism) to increase in size or develop (hair, leaves, or other structures)
(intransitive; usually foll by out of or from) to originate, as from an initial cause or source: the federation grew out of the Empire
(intransitive) to increase in size, number, degree, etc: the population is growing rapidly
(intransitive) to change in length or amount in a specified direction: some plants grow downwards, profits over the years grew downwards
(copula; may take an infinitive) (esp of emotions, physical states, etc) to develop or come into existence or being gradually: to grow cold, to grow morose, he grew to like her
(intransitive) usually foll by up. to come into existence: a close friendship grew up between them
(intransitive) foll by together. to be joined gradually by or as by growth: the branches on the tree grew together
(intransitive; foll by away, together, etc) to develop a specified state of friendship: the lovers grew together gradually, many friends grow apart over the years
when intr, foll by with. to become covered with a growth: the path grew with weeds
to produce (plants) by controlling or encouraging their growth, esp for home consumption or on a commercial basis

past tense of grow, from Old English greow, past tense of growan.

Old English growan (of plants) “to grow, flourish, increase, develop, get bigger” (class VII strong verb; past tense greow, past participle growen), from Proto-Germanic *gro- (cf. Old Norse groa, Old Frisian groia, Dutch groeien, Old High German gruoen), from PIE root *ghre- (see grass). Applied in Middle English to human beings (c.1300) and animals (early 15c.) and their parts, supplanting Old English weaxan (see wax (v.)).

Have you ever heard anything about God, Topsy? … Do you know who made you?” “Nobody, as I knows on,” said the child. … “I spect I grow’d. Don’t think nobody never made me.” [Harriet B. Stowe, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” 1851]

grow (grō)
v. grew (grōō), grown (grōn), grow·ing, grows


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