Meaning of GROWTH in English

GROWTH

/ grəʊθ; NAmE groʊθ/ noun

1.

[ U ] ( of people, animals or plants ) the process of growing physically, mentally or emotionally :

Lack of water will stunt the plant's growth.

Remove dead leaves to encourage new growth.

a concern with personal (= mental and emotional) growth and development

growth hormones (= designed to make sb/sth grow faster)

2.

[ U ] growth (in / of sth) an increase in the size, amount or degree of sth :

population growth

the rapid growth in violent crime

3.

[ U ] an increase in economic activity :

a disappointing year of little growth in Britain and America

policies aimed at sustaining economic growth

an annual growth rate of 10%

a growth area / industry

4.

[ C ] a lump caused by a disease that forms on or inside a person, an animal or a plant :

a malignant / cancerous growth

5.

[ U , C ] something that has grown :

The forest's dense growth provides nesting places for a wide variety of birds.

several days' growth of beard

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.