To grow out of


To grow out of
Grow Grow (gr[=o]), v. i. [imp. {Grew} (gr[udd]); p. p. {Grown (gr[=o]n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Growing}.] [AS. gr[=o]wan; akin to D. groeijen, Icel. gr[=o]a, Dan. groe, Sw. gro. Cf. {Green}, {Grass}.] 1. To increase in size by a natural and organic process; to increase in bulk by the gradual assimilation of new matter into the living organism; -- said of animals and vegetables and their organs. [1913 Webster]

2. To increase in any way; to become larger and stronger; to be augmented; to advance; to extend; to wax; to accrue. [1913 Webster]

Winter began to grow fast on. --Knolles. [1913 Webster]

Even just the sum that I do owe to you Is growing to me by Antipholus. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. To spring up and come to maturity in a natural way; to be produced by vegetation; to thrive; to flourish; as, rice grows in warm countries. [1913 Webster]

Where law faileth, error groweth. --Gower. [1913 Webster]

4. To pass from one state to another; to result as an effect from a cause; to become; as, to grow pale. [1913 Webster]

For his mind Had grown Suspicion's sanctuary. --Byron. [1913 Webster]

5. To become attached or fixed; to adhere. [1913 Webster]

Our knees shall kneel till to the ground they grow. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{Growing cell}, or {Growing slide}, a device for preserving alive a minute object in water continually renewed, in a manner to permit its growth to be watched under the microscope.

{Grown over}, covered with a growth.

{To grow out of}, to issue from, as plants from the soil, or as a branch from the main stem; to result from. [1913 Webster]

These wars have grown out of commercial considerations. --A. Hamilton.

{To grow up}, to arrive at full stature or maturity; as, grown up children.

{To grow together}, to close and adhere; to become united by growth, as flesh or the bark of a tree severed. --Howells.

Syn: To become; increase; enlarge; augment; improve; expand; extend. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • grow out of (something) — 1. to become too old to be interested in something. Vinnie did a lot of stupid stuff in high school, but I always thought he d grow out of it. 2. to develop from something. His book grew out of a trip to South America as a member of a government… …   New idioms dictionary

  • grow out of — index arise (originate), emanate, ensue Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • grow out — transitive verb : to cause to grow toward or arrive at maturity grow out a steer • grow out of * * * ˌgrow ˈout [intransitive] [present tense I/you/we/they …   Useful english dictionary

  • grow out of — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms grow out of : present tense I/you/we/they grow out of he/she/it grows out of present participle growing out of past tense grew out of past participle grown out of 1) grow out of something if children grow out… …   English dictionary

  • grow out — PHR V ERG If you grow out a hairstyle or let it grow out, you let your hair grow so that the style changes or so that you can cut off the part that you do not want. [V P n (not pron)] I also let my hair go darker and grew out my fringe... [V P]… …   English dictionary

  • grow out — phrasal verb [intransitive] Word forms grow out : present tense I/you/we/they grow out he/she/it grows out present participle growing out past tense grew out past participle grown out if coloured, cut, or permed hair grows out, it grows so that… …   English dictionary

  • grow out of — 1) PHRASAL VERB If you grow out of a type of behaviour or an interest, you stop behaving in that way or having that interest, as you develop or change. [V P P n] Most children who stammer grow out of it. 2) PHRASAL VERB When a child grows out of… …   English dictionary

  • grow out of sth — UK US grow out of sth Phrasal Verb with grow({{}}/grəʊ/ verb (grew, grown) ► to happen as a result of or as a natural development from something: »The equity boom of the 1980s and 1990s grew out of the crushing bear market and stagflation of the… …   Financial and business terms

  • ˌgrow ˈout of sth — phrasal verb 1) if children grow out of clothes, they grow bigger and the clothes become too small for them 2) if someone grows out of a habit, they stop doing it because they have become older or wiser 3) to develop from something The idea grew… …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • grow out of — phrasal : outgrow the boy grew out of his clothes before Britain grew out of tyranny P.L.Ritzema * * * become too large to wear (a garment) blazers that they grew out of ■ become too mature to retain (a childish habit) most children grow out of… …   Useful english dictionary

  • grow out of — verb a) To become too physically large for something, especially clothes. I give my old clothes to charity when Ive grown out of them. b) To become too mature for something. Still, I see you mean well enough, and are merely suffering from the… …   Wiktionary