ADV. fast, quickly, rapidly | slowly | steadily | exponentially Well before a billionth of a second had elapsed the universe started to grow exponentially.
VERB + GROW seem to | begin to, start to | continue to | be expected to
PREP. by Profits are expected to grow by 10% next year. | from Her media empire grew from quite small beginnings. | in She continued to grow in confidence | into The village grew into a town.
2 of a person/animal
ADV. fast, quickly, rapidly | slowly
PREP. into The small puppy quickly grew into a very large dog.
3 of plants/hair
ADV. well Tomatoes grow best in direct sunlight. | fast, quickly, rapidly | slowly | steadily | thickly the nettles that grew thickly round the boathouse | outwards, upwards As the island subsided the reef grew upwards and outwards.
VERB + GROW allow sth to, let sth She decided to let her hair grow.
PREP. from The tree grew from a small acorn. | into Small acorns grow into great oak trees.
PHRASES grow unchecked A rose in full bloom had been allowed to grow unchecked up one of the walls.
4 make plants grow
ADV. organically organically grown produce
VERB + GROW be easy to an attractive plant which is very hardy and easy to grow