Growth



the act or process, or a manner of ; development; gradual increase.
size or stage of development:
It hasn’t yet reached its full growth.
completed development.
development from a simpler to a more complex stage:
the growth of ritual forms.
development from another but related form or stage:
the growth of the nation state.
something that has or developed by or as if by a natural process:
a growth of stubborn weeds.
Pathology. an abnormal increase in a mass of tissue, as a tumor.
origin; source; production:
onions of English growth.
of or denoting a business, industry, or equity security that or is expected to in value over a long period of time:
a growth industry; a growth stock.
Contemporary Examples

Freedom Works, the Kochs, the Club for growth, Red State, Limbaugh.
Mr. Smith’s Insane Cousins Go to Washington Michael Tomasky December 20, 2012

One likely reason for their growth is rising oil prices, which have quadrupled since 2002.
Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows: July 27 PunditFact.com July 26, 2014

“The growth of a large business is merely the survival of the fittest,” proclaimed John D. Rockefeller Sr., after reading Spencer.
American Dreams: ‘The Call of the Wild’ by Jack London Nathaniel Rich January 24, 2013

The right-wing Club for growth is even pledging to run a primary challenger against him.
Conservatives to Obama: Spend More! Peter Beinart April 14, 2013

That growth in software-related jobs is being driven by automakers like General Motors, Chrysler, and Ford.
Online Jobs Listings in Detroit Region Grow Strongly Filipa Ioannou August 12, 2013

Historical Examples

The growth must be gradual—will be, whether we intend it or not.
The Whirlpool George Gissing

That it is one tree seems to be evident from the growth of the bark only on the outside.
The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook

All of the coats of the stomach are rapidly invaded by the growth.
A System of Practical Medicine By American Authors, Vol. II Various

It must be a stage in its growth or it would not come into it.
The Conquest of Fear Basil King

If it is desired, however, to keep the old top, it will be best to cut back the annual growth heavily at the winter pruning.
American Grape Training Liberty Hyde (L.H.) Bailey

noun
the process or act of growing, esp in organisms following assimilation of food
an increase in size, number, significance, etc
something grown or growing: a new growth of hair
a stage of development
any abnormal tissue, such as a tumour
(modifier) of, relating to, causing or characterized by growth: a growth industry, growth hormone
n.

1550s, from grow + -th (2), on model of health, stealth, etc. Cf. Old Norse groði, from groa “to grow.” In this sense, Old English used grownes.

growth (grōth)
n.

The process of growing.

Full development; maturity.

An increase, as in size, number, value, or strength.

Something that grows or has grown.

An abnormal mass of tissue, such as a tumor, growing in or on an organism.

growth
(grōth)
An increase in the size of an organism or part of an organism, usually as a result of an increase in the number of cells. Growth of an organism may stop at maturity, as in the case of humans and other mammals, or it may continue throughout life, as in many plants. In humans, certain body parts, like hair and nails, continue to grow throughout life.

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