Definition of growth in English:

growth

noun

  • 1mass noun The process of increasing in size.

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

    ‘a day's growth of unshaven stubble on his chin’
    • ‘They grew the bacteria, took a portion of the growth, and added that to a new tube with fresh media.’
    • ‘Only after the wild growth was removed, the chemical treatment could be taken up.’
    • ‘These are the terminal growths from major limbs and not short-shoot stalks growing directly off large limbs or trunks.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In fact the icy waters of the Arctic Ocean harbour an extensive growth of corals which manage to survive.’
    • ‘The hair was also jet black, and the cheeks were darkened with a slight growth of stubble.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But he died after he had a small growth on his foot removed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘To improve the ambience of the village, they cleared the wild growth and widened the roads.’
    • ‘Lee had an operation here on Tuesday to remove bone growths on his left ankle after withdrawing from Australia's tour of Sir Lanka.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If we don't all start respecting a nice growth of stubble, we will follow our poor birds to hell in a handcart.’
    • ‘These tan, brown or black growths appear to grow on the surface of the skin and have a characteristic ‘pasted on’ look.’
    1. 2.1Biology Medicine A tumour or other abnormal formation.
      ‘the method enables doctors to distinguish between malignant and benign growths’
      • ‘This is the start of a cancerous growth, or cancer tumour.’
      • ‘Most pituitary tumors are noncancerous, nonspreading growths (adenomas).’
      • ‘Fibroids are benign growths (not cancer) in the muscular wall of the uterus.’
      • ‘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.’
      tumour, cancerous growth, malignant growth, malignancy, cancer
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  • 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’
    • ‘Therefore the villages and growths of Burgundy are individually expressed in all the wines that carry their name.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Cult Cabernets ruled, along with first growth Bordeaux and grand cru Burgundy.’
    • ‘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.’

Pronunciation

growth

/ɡrəʊθ/