grow : Common Errors in English


We used to grow our hair long or grow tomatoes in the yard, but now weare being urged to “grow the economy” or “grow your investments."Business and government speakers have extended this usage widely, but itirritates traditionalists. Use “build,” “increase,” “expand,” “develop,"or “cause to grow” instead in formal writing.
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  • v  pass into a condition gradually, take on a specific property or attribute; become
  • v  become larger, greater, or bigger; expand or gain
  • v  increase in size by natural process
    Corn doesn't grow here
    In these forests, mushrooms grow under the trees
    her hair doesn't grow much anymore
  • v  cause to grow or develop
    He grows vegetables in his backyard
  • v  develop and reach maturity; undergo maturation
  • v  come into existence; take on form or shape
  • v  cultivate by growing, often involving improvements by means of agricultural techniques
    We grow wheat here
  • v  come to have or undergo a change of (physical features and attributes)
  • v  grow emotionally or mature
  • v  become attached by or as if by the process of growth
    The tree trunks had grown together
News & Articles

  • Fears Grow Over Yemenis' Ties to Iran
    Fears Grow Over Yemenis' Ties to Iran
    June 19, 2013 - Nasdaq
  • Hirsute 'Hoff' crabs grow food in their hair
    By Douglas Main, LiveScienceYeti crabs don't comb their hair to look good — they do it because they're hungry.These bizarre deep-sea animals grow their food in their own hair, trapping bacteria and letting it flourish there before "combing" it out and slurping it up. The crabs are found near cold seeps and hydrothermal vents, places where mineral-rich water spews out of the seafloor.Like many a ...
    June 19, 2013 - NBC NEWS
  • Grow a garden instead of grass
    I read the June 8 article on Patrick Farrell using the city property to grow a garden between the sidewalk and the street. He was quoted saying, 'I don't like grass.'
    June 18, 2013 - Green Bay Press-Gazette