Definition of growth in English:

growth

noun

  • 1[mass noun] The process of increasing in size.

    ‘the upward growth of plants’
    ‘the growth of the city affects the local climate’
    • ‘We found no difference in growth rate or size of individuals as a function of coating thickness.’
    • ‘These new pills increase growth in both fast and slow twitch muscle fibres.’
    • ‘Among the benefits of such optimization would be a reduced need for irrigation and more rapid plant growth.’
    • ‘Recently, the park authorities have measured the height of the birds and there has been a considerable growth.’
    • ‘The rapid growth of the city as well as a lack of maintenance has put an enormous strain on public infrastructure.’
    • ‘If your seedlings lose their growth momentum, fast growing vegetation will overtake them.’
    • ‘The changes are actually a tribute to the city, a recognition that rapid growth forces nearly everyone to do things differently.’
    • ‘They varied greatly in age, size, growth rate, and geographical areas covered.’
    • ‘What to Plant - Species whose growth habit and mature size conforms to the size and shape you are looking for.’
    • ‘Large plants therefore have higher growth rates, lower mortality and higher leaf water potentials.’
    • ‘This allows more rapid growth than for a plant starting out from a seed, which has limited food reserves.’
    • ‘The adults were removed and the growth of the progeny was monitored twice a day until the next generation of eggs appeared.’
    • ‘It's simple: to help push your muscle growth to new heights, you need to time your protein intake.’
    • ‘The symptoms of an aneurysm depend on its size and rate of growth.’
    • ‘But the unchecked growth of this fastest growing city in Asia is robbing it of its green cover.’
    • ‘Planning is essential for this very strong-growing clematis which will put on an enormous amount of growth in one season.’
    • ‘My wife asked me if, as a tree grows, the bottom branches move up with the growth.’
    • ‘In particular, size and growth rate are related to movement behavior in a complex manner.’
    • ‘These units then have the potential to increase in size during growth of the animal.’
    • ‘Unplanned growth and the rapid increase in the number of vehicles are among the main reasons.’
    growing, extension, widening, thickening, broadening, heightening, swelling, magnification, ballooning
    development, maturation, growing, germination, shooting up, springing up, sprouting
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    1. 1.1The process of developing physically, mentally, or spiritually.
      ‘keeping a journal can be a vital step in our personal growth’
      • ‘This mental growth or development is dependent on maturation of the nervous system and on experience.’
      • ‘The above concepts are useful to guide personal growth and development.’
      • ‘Noteworthy changes after treatment, such as spiritual change or personal growth, might not be measurable.’
      • ‘Many Eastern breathing practices help you develop physical strength, spiritual growth and inner peace.’
      • ‘This teaching accounted for much of their spiritual growth and development of character.’
      • ‘Such findings could be clues to the problems with mental and physical growth that these children face.’
      • ‘She stresses the need for facilitating both physical and mental growth of children.’
      • ‘This Meditation is a technique developed to achieve spiritual growth and illumination.’
      • ‘To ensure people's prosperity, growth and development, the government needs to be efficient.’
      • ‘And we believe in demonstrating a commitment to personal growth through training and development.’
      • ‘It generates a sense of wellbeing and energy and is a powerful tool for personal development and spiritual growth.’
      • ‘The result is a sublime and surreal saga of self-discovery and personal growth, of existential doubt and doubtful existences.’
      • ‘I think it's integral for the growth of our religion to continue to grow and evolve.’
      • ‘Both groups of babies showed normal, healthy physical growth and their overall development fell within accepted norms.’
      • ‘They should also benefit from broader opportunities for personal growth and development.’
      • ‘Some people see the process of growth and development as very simple.’
      • ‘The temple can serve to foster spiritual growth and development.’
      • ‘An increasing number of children suffer from stunted physical growth and slow mental development.’
      • ‘Each archetype/aspect of Deity is a vehicle to spiritual growth and development.’
      • ‘It also helped develop a positive attitude towards their personal growth and development.’
    2. 1.2The process of increasing in amount, value, or importance.
      ‘the rates of population growth are lowest in the north’
      • ‘Demographic growth and economic expansion have given the Turks increased weight in world affairs.’
      • ‘The second cause was growth in the cost of imported materials.’
      • ‘The large amount resulted from a growth in income and an increase in subscribers.’
      • ‘Our growth confirms that we are the fastest growing political party in the country.’
      • ‘By extension, growth in human population leads to an increase in demand for food, water and other natural resources.’
      • ‘Is that explosive rate of population growth in this country sustainable?’
      • ‘The fund's value increases each year in line with the average growth in wages.’
      • ‘This figure might be viewed as the product of high demand meeting artificially low supply rather than being based on steady growth in rental values.’
      • ‘The problem is not growth in the population per se, but growth of the unskilled.’
      • ‘If you pay only the interest every month, you rely on growth in the value of the property to clear the capital debt.’
      • ‘There continues to be an aversion to tax increases and growth in government.’
      • ‘The continued growth in house values across Scotland suggests no imminent return to the nightmare of negative equity.’
      • ‘The numbers of consultants need to increase, but growth in non-medical and nursing staff also needs to be greater.’
      • ‘Passenger growth is likely to grow significantly over the next five years.’
      • ‘The region has been ranked as the second fastest growing in the UK, with a growth of 240,000 people in the past 10 years.’
      • ‘The survey, taken last November, shows that order intake from the UK was still growing but the growth had slowed.’
      • ‘A growth in the amount of books on herbs and their properties also begins later in the century.’
      • ‘The sales director forecast further growth in both transactions and values in second-hand luxury units.’
      • ‘The numbers of first-time buyers is likely to increase as earnings growth outstrips house price growth in 2005.’
      • ‘The growth in imports is, among other things, already straining the food safety system.’
    3. 1.3The increase in number and spread of small or microscopic organisms.
      ‘some additives slow down the growth of micro-organisms’
      • ‘The cell body also contains the organelles responsible for cell metabolism, growth, and repair.’
      • ‘Sunlight seems to stop growth of the yeast organism that causes affected areas to become inflamed.’
      • ‘Their proper functioning is dependent on glutamine as a metabolic fuel for growth and proliferation.’
      • ‘This aims to slow down the spread or growth of cancer cells, and control any associated pain or other symptoms.’
      • ‘Warm weather helps in the spread and growth of bacteria.’
    4. 1.4Increase in economic activity or value.
      ‘the government aims to get growth back into the economy’
      • ‘It is fashionable to decry the impact of higher oil prices on economic activity and growth.’
      • ‘The proceeds of the float will be used to bring down debt, fund expansion and generate organic growth.’
      • ‘With rapidly increasing economic growth, urbanisation and transportation, air pollution is a growing issue.’
      • ‘We expect 2003 to be a year of reasonable but not spectacular growth in economic activity and business revenues.’
      • ‘They are designed to increase economic efficiency within the EU so as to increase economic growth and prosperity.’
      • ‘It will greatly boost the prospects for economic growth and expansion in towns and villages throughout the county.’
      • ‘Taxes have already risen to fund that growth, and most economists expect them to rise again…’
      • ‘Despite 10 years of powerful economic growth, rich countries have cut rather than increased aid to poor countries.’
      • ‘At the weekend, there was an international call for increased supply to ensure global economic growth.’
      • ‘Sure, there has been a small increase in new businesses set-ups, but economic growth is sluggish.’
      • ‘Easy mortgages, rising incomes and a robust economy have fuelled growth.’
      • ‘Economic growth has increased by 12 times since 1950, and world trade by six times.’
      • ‘If they rise because economic growth appears to be accelerating, the increase will be harmless.’
      • ‘It is equally the case that 30 years of economic growth and rising prosperity in the Western world have not noticeably cheered us up.’
      • ‘Increased global economic growth will only inflate this figure further.’
      • ‘The question we must ask is what do we value more, overall economic growth or the health of our children.’
      • ‘If the markets for its products are only growing slowly, organic growth alone will be slow.’
      • ‘The growth of the capitalist economy increased the distance between employer and employee.’
      • ‘His answer to the pension problem was increased economic growth and prosperity, which he said could be achieved by lower taxes.’
      • ‘The growth of the world economy is expected to increase the demand for diamonds.’
  • 2Something that has grown or is growing.

    ‘a day's growth of unshaven stubble on his chin’
    • ‘These are the terminal growths from major limbs and not short-shoot stalks growing directly off large limbs or trunks.’
    • ‘To improve the ambience of the village, they cleared the wild growth and widened the roads.’
    • ‘In fact the icy waters of the Arctic Ocean harbour an extensive growth of corals which manage to survive.’
    • ‘They grew the bacteria, took a portion of the growth, and added that to a new tube with fresh media.’
    • ‘Don't expect a great view from the top of the hill as the regenerating growth has grown tall enough to obscure views of all but the mountain tops.’
    • ‘Only after the wild growth was removed, the chemical treatment could be taken up.’
    • ‘If we don't all start respecting a nice growth of stubble, we will follow our poor birds to hell in a handcart.’
    • ‘Twin crystals are common; they show swallow-tail or arrow-head forms and more rarely cruciform growths, and may grow to 3-4 m long.’
    • ‘These tan, brown or black growths appear to grow on the surface of the skin and have a characteristic ‘pasted on’ look.’
    • ‘Substantial algae growths were noted on the gravels used by char for spawning in November 2003.’
    • ‘Cut to 3 inches often enough so no more than half the growth is removed at each mowing.’
    • ‘As a result, there is now a nasty growth of algae on the roof, no cascading water, and the Eighth Wonder of the World is a hothouse.’
    • ‘But he died after he had a small growth on his foot removed.’
    • ‘Lee had an operation here on Tuesday to remove bone growths on his left ankle after withdrawing from Australia's tour of Sir Lanka.’
    • ‘The hair was also jet black, and the cheeks were darkened with a slight growth of stubble.’
    • ‘Red tide algal blooms - sudden, massive growths of algae - are known to cause massive fish die-offs, and often prompt authorities to shut down beaches and shellfish beds.’
    1. 2.1Biology Medicine
      A tumour or other abnormal formation.
      ‘the method enables doctors to distinguish between malignant and benign growths’
      • ‘Most pituitary tumors are noncancerous, nonspreading growths (adenomas).’
      • ‘This is the start of a cancerous growth, or cancer tumour.’
      • ‘Often called the silent killer, colon cancer is believed to begin when polyps or small benign growths evolve into cancer.’
      • ‘It can be effective in the treatment of cancerous growths, because malignant cells are more sensitive than normal body cells: the radiation can be applied to a particular area, whilst the rest of the body is shielded from it.’
      • ‘Fibroids are benign growths (not cancer) in the muscular wall of the uterus.’
  • 3A vineyard or crop of grapes of a specified classification of quality, or a wine from it.

    ‘all growths within the legally delimited Champagne zone are classified’
    • ‘A marvelous set of wines from the classified growths set up Saint-Julien as the proud owner of some of the very best wines of the vintage.’
    • ‘Therefore the villages and growths of Burgundy are individually expressed in all the wines that carry their name.’
    • ‘Its fame and wealth predated the 1855 classification of Bordeaux wines, but it was placed alongside the other first class growths in that classification.’
    • ‘For two decades many classified growths produced wines that were mediocre at best, even in fine vintages.’
    • ‘Cult Cabernets ruled, along with first growth Bordeaux and grand cru Burgundy.’

Pronunciation:

growth

/ɡrəʊθ/