1 flourish, develop, increase, become larger or greater, enlarge, wax, swell, expand, broaden, thicken, spread, lengthen, multiply, burgeon or bourgeon, thrive, luxuriate, prosper, mature, ripen, bloom, flower, blossom, fructify, bear or yield fruit:
The seeds he had planted grew abundantly. The population continues to grow
2 develop, evolve, arise, issue, stem, spring (up), originate:
A great friendship grew out of their association.
3 plant, cultivate, breed, nurture, raise, propagate, produce; sow:
Cathcart grows sorghum where he used to grow alfalfa.
4 become, get:
I am growing fonder of you every day, Abbie.
5 grow on. get or become accepted by, come or begin to be liked by, to gain or increase in interest or attraction to, become more pleasing to:
I didn't like her at first, but she grows on you.
6 grow up. mature, reach or attain maturity or adulthood, come of age, reach one's majority:
Those who grew up in the Great Depression knew real poverty.