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1 (biology) the process of an individual organism growing organically; a purely biological unfolding of events involved in an organism changing gradually from a simple to a more complex level; "he proposed an indicator of osseous development in children" [syn: growing, maturation, development, ontogeny, ontogenesis] [ant: nondevelopment]
2 a progression from simpler to more complex forms; "the growth of culture"
3 a process of becoming larger or longer or more numerous or more important; "the increase in unemployment"; "the growth of population" [syn: increase, increment] [ant: decrease, decrease]
4 vegetation that has grown; "a growth of trees"; "the only growth was some salt grass"
5 the gradual beginning or coming forth; "figurines presage the emergence of sculpture in Greece" [syn: emergence, outgrowth]
6 (pathology) an abnormal proliferation of tissue (as in a tumor)
7 something grown or growing; "a growth of hair"

User Contributed Dictionary




grow + -th


  1. an increase in size, number, value, or strength
  2. the act of growing, getting bigger or higher
  3. something that grows or has grown
  4. an abnormal mass such as a tumor



increase in size
act of growing
something that grows or has grown
pathology: abnormal mass such as a tumor

Derived terms

Extensive Definition

Growth refers to an increase in some quantity over time. The quantity can be physical (e.g., growth in height, growth in an amount of money) or abstract (e.g., a system becoming more complex, an organism becoming more mature). It can also refer to the mode of growth, i.e. numeric models for describing how much a particular quantity grows over time:
growth in Arabic: نمو
growth in German: Wuchs
growth in French: Croissance
growth in Polish: Wzrost
growth in Simple English: Growth
growth in Slovak: Rast
growth in Swedish: Tillväxt

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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