Meaning of GROWTH in English



Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.


The ~ of something such as an industry, organization, or idea is its development in size, wealth, or importance.

...the ~ of nationalism.

...Japan’s enormous economic ~.

...high ~ rates.

N-UNCOUNT: oft N of n


The ~ in something is the increase in it.

A steady ~ in the popularity of two smaller parties may upset the polls...

The area has seen a rapid population ~...

The market has shown annual ~ of 20 per cent for several years.

N-UNCOUNT: also a N, oft supp N, N in n, N of amount


A ~ industry, area, or market is one which is increasing in size or activity. (BUSINESS)

Computers and electronics are ~ industries and need skilled technicians...

Real estate lending has become the biggest ~ area for American banks.



Someone’s ~ is the development and progress of their character.

...the child’s emotional and intellectual ~...

N-UNCOUNT: usu supp N


Growth in a person, animal, or plant is the process of increasing in physical size and development.

...hormones which control fertility and body ~...

Cells divide and renew as part of the human ~ process.

N-UNCOUNT: usu with supp


You can use ~ to refer to plants which have recently developed or which developed at the same time.

This helps to ripen new ~ and makes it flower profusely...



A ~ is a lump that grows inside or on a person, animal, or plant, and that is caused by a disease.

This type of surgery could even be used to extract cancerous ~s.


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