Pronunciation: (grōth),[key] —n. 1. the act or process, or a manner of growing; development; gradual increase.
2. size or stage of development: It hasn't yet reached its full growth. 3. completed development.
4. development from a simpler to a more complex stage: the growth of ritual forms. 5. development from another but related form or stage: the growth of the nation state. 6. something that has grown or developed by or as if by a natural process: a growth of stubborn weeds. 7. Pathol.an abnormal increase in a mass of tissue, as a tumor.
8. origin; source; production: onions of English growth.
—adj. of or denoting a business, industry, or equity security that grows or is expected to grow in value over a long period of time: a growth industry; a growth stock.