growth [ grouθ ] noun ***
▸ 1 a gain in number, etc.
▸ 2 economic increase
▸ 3 when living things grow
▸ 4 emotional development
▸ 5 something that grows
▸ 6 lump in/on living thing
1. ) singular or uncount an increase in the number, size, or importance of something:
growth in: a substantial growth in the number of entry-level jobs
growth of: the international growth of capitalism
period of growth: We are entering a period of rapid population growth.
rate of growth: The annual rate of growth was 12 percent.
2. ) singular or uncount an increase in the success of a business or a country's economy, or in the amount of money invested in them: EXPANSION:
The engineering sector achieved significant growth last year.
a market that has showed real growth
economic/industrial growth: measures designed to stimulate economic growth
a ) only before noun used for describing industries, activities, etc. that are growing quickly:
Computing remains a growth area.
3. ) singular or uncount an increase in the size or development of a living thing
a ) used about children and animals:
stunt (someone's) growth (=stop it from happening correctly): Doctors fear that these medicines may stunt your growth.
b ) used about plants and trees:
More air means better root growth.
c ) used about a part of your body, especially your hair or nails:
There is no evidence that the drug increases hair growth.
d ) used about bacteria, cells, or CRYSTALS:
Some hormones inhibit the growth of cancer cells.
4. ) uncount someone's emotional and spiritual development:
personal growth: ways to encourage our personal and spiritual growth
5. ) uncount something that grows or has recently grown, for example on a plant:
new growth: New growth will develop during the spring.
growth of: He had several weeks' growth of beard.
6. ) count a lump that grows inside or on a person, animal, or plant, caused by cells that have grown in a way that is not normal:
a cancerous growth

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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