Definition of growth in US English:

growth

noun

  • 1The process of increasing in physical size.

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

    ‘a day's growth of unshaven stubble on his chin’
    • ‘Substantial algae growths were noted on the gravels used by char for spawning in November 2003.’
    • ‘If we don't all start respecting a nice growth of stubble, we will follow our poor birds to hell in a handcart.’
    • ‘In fact the icy waters of the Arctic Ocean harbour an extensive growth of corals which manage to survive.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These are the terminal growths from major limbs and not short-shoot stalks growing directly off large limbs or trunks.’
    • ‘Lee had an operation here on Tuesday to remove bone growths on his left ankle after withdrawing from Australia's tour of Sir Lanka.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But he died after he had a small growth on his foot removed.’
    • ‘To improve the ambience of the village, they cleared the wild growth and widened the roads.’
    • ‘These tan, brown or black growths appear to grow on the surface of the skin and have a characteristic ‘pasted on’ look.’
    • ‘Only after the wild growth was removed, the chemical treatment could be taken up.’
    • ‘They grew the bacteria, took a portion of the growth, and added that to a new tube with fresh media.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The hair was also jet black, and the cheeks were darkened with a slight growth of stubble.’
    • ‘Cut to 3 inches often enough so no more than half the growth is removed at each mowing.’
    1. 2.1Medicine Biology A tumor or other abnormal formation.
      • ‘Fibroids are benign growths (not cancer) in the muscular wall of the uterus.’
      • ‘This is the start of a cancerous growth, or cancer tumour.’
      • ‘Most pituitary tumors are noncancerous, nonspreading growths (adenomas).’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Often called the silent killer, colon cancer is believed to begin when polyps or small benign growths evolve into cancer.’
      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.

    • ‘Therefore the villages and growths of Burgundy are individually expressed in all the wines that carry their name.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Its fame and wealth predated the 1855 classification of Bordeaux wines, but it was placed alongside the other first class growths in that classification.’
    • ‘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.’

Pronunciation

growth

/ɡroʊθ//ɡrōTH/