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growth

noun     /ɡrəʊθ/ US  /ɡroʊθ/
B2 [U] The growth of a person , animal , or plant is its process of increasing in size : A balanced diet is essential for healthy growth. Plant growth is most noticeable in spring and early summer .Becoming biggerEnlarging and inflating B2 [U] an increase in the size or the importance of something: The government is trying to limit population growth. The rapid growth of opposition to the plan has surprised the council . Electronic publishing is a growth area (= an area of activity that is increasing in size and developing quickly ).Becoming biggerEnlarging and inflating [C] a lump (= solid mass ) growing on the outside or inside of a person , animal , or plant that is caused by a disease : a cancerous growth on the liver Swellings and lumps [C or U] something that has grown : Graham came back from holiday with a week's growth of beard on his chin .Hair
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