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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 (= 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.
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