outgrowth outgrowth  /ˈaʊt ˌɡroʊθ/


  1. (n) a natural consequence of development
  2. (n) the gradual beginning or coming forth
  3. (n) a natural prolongation or projection from a part of an organism either animal or plant


  1. Live TV drama was an outgrowth of Broadway theater; game shows were transplanted from radio; variety shows and early comedy stars like Milton Berle came out of vaudeville.
  2. Lean is an outgrowth of the Toyota production system, developed in the 1930s, which focuses on increasing efficiency and reducing cycle time by eliminating waste.
  3. It was a very natural outgrowth of the environment I was in.


  • Richmond Chevron fire: State budget set to include refinery fees to fund inspectors

    The Legislature on Friday approved a new state budget that includes new fees on oil refineries to fund at least 15 new inspectors in the Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal-OSHA) and officials from state Sen. Loni Hancock's (D-Berkeley) office said the provision was a "direct outgrowth" of a major Chevron Richmond refinery fire last year.
    on June 15, 2013     Source: Contra Costa Times


  1. "A stock market correction could well be an unavoidable outgrowth of actions aimed at cooling off China's overheated investment sector," Roach said. "More administrative actions can be expected."
    on Mar 5, 2007 By: Stephen Roach Source: BusinessWeek

  2. The trend of hiring smugglers is "a natural outgrowth of the fact that we have more control," said Ralph Basham, commissioner of US Customs and Border Protection, which oversees the Border Patrol.
    on Dec 30, 2006 By: Ralph Basham Source: Dallas Morning News (registration)

  3. In an interview last week, Eric E. Schmidt, Google's chief executive, said Google Editions was a "natural outgrowth of us being interested in books and information and working with publishers."
    on Jun 29, 2010 By: Eric Schmidt Source: New York Times

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