One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Become as a result of natural development or gradual increase.‘Rome began as a city and grew into a huge empire’
- ‘After the better part of a decade hoping that the person I am growing into was good enough for her I had my moment of glory, and now I have my lifetime of regrets.’
- ‘The bone cells were cultured in lab until they grew into a big enough chunk that a jeweller could carve it into a ring.’
- ‘The whole point of America is that it didn't just grow into nationhood from the gradual merging of peoples and consolidation of lands.’
- ‘Quickly this confidence grew into the arrogance of success and they became so comfortable they didn't even notice what was happening.’
- ‘Just one background song is enough for a little lad to grow into a 25-year-old man.’
- ‘As she grows into a young society lady, her behaviour appears no less bizarre, and she eventually gives up her comfy middle-class existence to live in a beat-up house on a small island.’
- ‘It's a really fascinating thing to be here for that, because we can be part of it, whatever it grows into.’
- ‘The family return to Edinburgh in the 1930s and, as Esme grows into an independent and spirited young woman, she becomes more and more estranged from her middle-class family, who find her behaviour shameful.’
- ‘Imagine one single, little seed, buried in the earth, slowly growing into a plant large enough to provide shelter for a great flock of birds.’
- ‘You pull out a fresh sheet of paper and, with great effort, jot down a few more ideas, one of which grows into an enormous half-page doodle involving flowers and lightning bolts.’
2Become large enough to wear (a garment) comfortably.
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