Antonyms for grow


Grammar : Verb
Spell : groh
Phonetic Transcription : groʊ


Definition of grow

Origin :
  • Old English growan (of plants) "to grow, flourish, increase, develop, get bigger" (class VII strong verb; past tense greow, past participle growen), from Proto-Germanic *gro- (cf. Old Norse groa, Old Frisian groia, Dutch groeien, Old High German gruoen), from PIE root *ghre- (see grass). Applied in Middle English to human beings (c.1300) and animals (early 15c.) and their parts, supplanting Old English weaxan (see wax (v.)).
  • Have you ever heard anything about God, Topsy? ... Do you know who made you?" "Nobody, as I knows on," said the child. ... "I spect I grow'd. Don't think nobody never made me." [Harriet B. Stowe, "Uncle Tom's Cabin," 1851]
  • verb become larger, evolve
Example sentences :
  • It looks as if the dew was on it; but the tears will not make it grow again—will they?
  • Extract from : « Philothea » by Lydia Maria Child
  • "You grow dearer every minute," she assured them on her last night at home.
  • Extract from : « Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus » by Jessie Graham Flower
  • If you grow up and have muscles like them, you can call yourself a man.
  • Extract from : « Way of the Lawless » by Max Brand
  • My land would not grow corn enough, or good enough for my necessity.
  • Extract from : « Weighed and Wanting » by George MacDonald
  • What do they do but live and suck in sustenance and grow fat?
  • Extract from : « The White Company » by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Perhaps some day I might take after her and grow equally well-favoured.
  • Extract from : « The Bacillus of Beauty » by Harriet Stark
  • It was the year my tusks began to grow that I first saw him.
  • Extract from : « The Trail Book » by Mary Austin
  • The stranger seemed to grow impatient at these remonstrances.
  • Extract from : « The Three Golden Apples » by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • I have felt them already, and expect to feel them more, as I grow older.
  • Extract from : « The Paradise of Children » by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • The need of the teacher will not grow less as the century goes on.
  • Extract from : « The Call of the Twentieth Century » by David Starr Jordan

Synonyms for grow

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