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Noun: growth  growth
  1. A process of becoming larger or longer or more numerous or more important
    "the growth of population";
    - increase, increment
  2. (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 growth in children";
    - growing, maturation, development, ontogeny, ontogenesis
  3. A progression from simpler to more complex forms
    "the growth of culture"
  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 growth of sculpture in Greece";
    - emergence, outgrowth
  6. (pathology) an abnormal proliferation of tissue (as in a tumour)
  7. Something grown or growing
    "a growth of hair"

Derived forms: growths

Type of: article, beginning, biological process, botany, development, evolution, flora, illness, malady, object, organic process, physical object, physical process, process, sickness, unwellness, vegetation

Antonym: nondevelopment

Encyclopedia: Growth