Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “growth”

See all translations

growth

noun uk   /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.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). [C] a lump (= a 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 [C or U] something that has grown: Graham came back from holiday with a week's growth of beard on his chin.
More examples
(Definition of growth from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of growth?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “growth” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

piglet

a baby pig

Word of the Day

The way we move (Verbs for walking and running)

by Kate Woodford,
March 25, 2015
​​​ This week we’re looking at interesting ways to describe the way that people move. Most of the verbs that we’ll be considering describe how fast or slow people move. Others describe the attitude or state of mind of the person walking or running. Some describe both. Starting with verbs for walking slowly,

Read More 

stackin’ p

March 30, 2015
idiom slang earning a lot of money ‘That’s a very generous present.”Yeah, well, she’s stackin’ p, innit?’

Read More