From Middle English growen, from Old English grōwan (“to grow, increase, flourish, germinate”), from Proto-Germanic *grōaną (“to grow, grow green”), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰreH₁- (“to grow, become green”).
grow (third-person singular simple present grows, present participle growing, simple past grew, past participle grown)
- (ergative) To become bigger.
- Children grow quickly.
- (intransitive) To appear or sprout.
- Flowers grew on the trees as summer approached.
- A long tail began to grow from his backside.
- (transitive) To cause or allow something to become bigger, especially to cultivate plants.
- 2011 March 01, Peter Roff, “Another Foolish Move By Congress”, Fox News:
- The Bush administration – which sought to grow the number of fisheries managed under a program known as “catch shares”...
- He grows peppers and squash each summer in his garden.
- Have you ever grown your hair before?
- (copulative) To assume a condition or quality over time.
- The boy grew wise as he matured.
- The town grew smaller and smaller in the distance as we travelled.
- You have grown strong.
Usage notes 
- Growed is a slang or dialect inflection for the simple past and past participle.
- The use of grow transitively, as a synonym for increase, with an object that is not growing by itself (i.e living), is a neologism and contrary to the historical use of the word, as shown in the quotation above. Historically, grow has only been used transitively with living things (grow corn and potatoes, grow breasts, grow a tail).
- The sense meaning "to assume a condition or quality" generally has a sense of physical or figurative increase. The condition or quality may be good or bad, but its quantity should be becoming more. For example, one might say "He grew more virtuous" or "He grew wickeder"—but "He grew less virtuous" would be awkward.
Derived terms 
(intransitive) to become bigger
- Arabic: نمى (ar) (namā)
- Armenian: մեծանալ (hy) (meçanal), աճել (hy) (ač̣el)
- Aromanian: crescu (rup)
- Azeri: böyümək (az)
- Belarusian: расці (be) (rascí)
- Bulgarian: раста (bg) (rastá)
- Catalan: créixer (ca)
- Mandarin: 生長 (cmn), 生长 (cmn) (shēngzhǎng), 長 (cmn), 长 (cmn) (zhǎng)
- Czech: růst (cs)
- Dalmatian: craskro
- Danish: vokse (da), udvikle (da) sig
- Dutch: groeien (nl), wassen (nl)
- Esperanto: kreski (eo)
- Finnish: kasvaa (fi)
- French: grandir (fr), croître (fr)
- Georgian: იზრდება (ka) (izrdeba)
- German: wachsen (de)
- Hindi: बढ़ना (hi) (baṛhnā)
- Hungarian: nő (hu)
- Italian: crescere (it), ingrossarsi (it), svilupparsi (it)
- Japanese: 成長する (ja) (seichō-suru), 生長する (ja) (seichō suru), 育つ (ja) (sodatsu), 生える (ja) (haeru), 増大する (ja) (sōdai suru)
(intransitive) to appear or sprout
(transitive) to cause something to become bigger
to assume a condition or quality
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