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Definition of 'growth'


  1. (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 development in children"
       Synonyms: growing maturation development ontogeny ontogenesis
       Antonyms: nondevelopment
  2. a progression from simpler to more complex forms; "the growth of culture"
  3. a process of becoming larger or longer or more numerous or more important; "the increase in unemployment"; "the growth of population"
       Synonyms: increase increment
       Antonyms: decrease decrement decrease decrement
  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 emergence of sculpture in Greece"
       Synonyms: emergence outgrowth
  6. (pathology) an abnormal proliferation of tissue (as in a tumor)
  7. something grown or growing; "a growth of hair"

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