Etymology
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growth (n.)

1550s, "stage in growing," from grow + -th (2), on model of health, stealth, etc. Compare Old Norse groði, from groa "to grow." Meaning "that which has grown" is from 1570s; "process of growing" is from 1580s. Old English used grownes "increase, prosperity."

updated on April 24, 2015

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Definitions of growth from WordNet

growth (n.)
(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;
Synonyms: growing / maturation / development / ontogeny / ontogenesis
growth (n.)
a progression from simpler to more complex forms;
the growth of culture
growth (n.)
a process of becoming larger or longer or more numerous or more important;
the growth of population
Synonyms: increase / increment
growth (n.)
vegetation that has grown;
the only growth was some salt grass
a growth of trees
growth (n.)
the gradual beginning or coming forth;
Synonyms: emergence / outgrowth
growth (n.)
(pathology) an abnormal proliferation of tissue (as in a tumor);
growth (n.)
something grown or growing;
a growth of hair
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