—v.i. 1. to increase by natural development, as any living organism or part by assimilation of nutriment; increase in size or substance.
2. to form and increase in size by a process of inorganic accretion, as by crystallization.
3. to arise or issue as a natural development from an original happening, circumstance, or source: Our friendship grew from common interests. 4. to increase gradually in size, amount, etc.; become greater or larger; expand: His influence has grown. 5. to become gradually attached or united by or as if by growth: The branches of the trees grew together, forming a natural arch. 6. to come to be by degrees; become: to grow old. 7. Naut.to lie or extend in a certain direction, as an anchor cable.
—v.t. 1. to cause to grow: They grow corn. 2. to allow to grow: to grow a beard. 3. to cover with a growth (used in the passive): a field grown with corn. 4. grow into, a. to become large enough for: He'll grow into his brother's suits before long. b. to become mature or experienced enough for: She grew into the job, although she wasn't qualified for it at first. 5. grow on or upon, a. to increase in influence or effect: An uneasy feeling grew upon him as he went through the old house. b. to become gradually more liked or accepted by: a village by the sea that grows on one. 6. grow out of, a. to become too large or mature for; outgrow: He has grown out of all his clothes. b. to originate in; develop from: The plan grew out of a casual conversation. 7. grow up, a. to be or become fully grown; attain mental or physical maturity.
b. to come into existence; arise: New cities grew up in the desert.
Pronunciation: (grō),[key] —n. Ga•lu•sha Aaron Pronunciation: (gu-lOO'shu),[key] 1822–1907, U.S. political leader: Speaker of the House 1861–63.