grow into

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grow into (third-person singular simple present grows into, present participle growing into, simple past grew into, past participle grown into)

  1. (transitive) To grow in size, so as to be able to fit (something, especially an item of clothing).
    His new jumper was a bit big for him, but he'll grow into it in a couple of years.
  2. (transitive) To become accustomed to (something) by maturing.
    At first, the new job as managing director was way over my head, but I grew into it.
    • 1987, Red Hot Chili Peppers (lyrics and music), “Funky Crime”, in The Uplift Mofo Party Plan:
      Hey there Mr. Interview / I don’t have to answer you / This is what I grew into / Don’t judge me and my soul stew
    • 2022 October 3, Dwitght Garner, “Anthony Bourdain’s New Biography: Light on Subtlety, Heavy on Grit”, in The New York Times[1]:
      Bourdain grew into his looks; his was the kind of face that inspired Talmudic levels of study among women. He grew into his shows. They got better, moodier, more complicated.

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