The word ‘grow’ can mean many different things. As a verb, the meaning is to increase in size and develop.
- My rose plant is growing. (increase in size)
- I’ve grown as a person since I started travelling. (develop)
Grow is an irregular verb. The past tense is grew and the past participle is grown.
idioms list with ‘grow’
- absence makes the heart grow fonder – being away from someone you love makes you appreciate them more
e.g. Stevie is going away for five weeks, we’ll see if absence makes the heart grow fonder.
- don’t let the grass grow under one’s feet – hurry, act now, don’t wait
e.g. Brian is a useless employee. We’ve lost so much business by him letting the grass grow.
- grow a backbone – stop being a wimp and stick up for yourself and your beliefs
e.g. Melody should grow a backbone. She isn’t employed to make the coffees.
- money doesn’t grow on trees – money is limited
e.g. My kids think money grows on trees, they want the latest things all the time.
Let’s see these idioms with pictures and meaning using real-life scenarios.
Hey, did you know the verb ‘grow’ has many phrasal verbs. Since you like idioms and phrases, you obviously want to improve your fluency and speak like a native.
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I thought you might like to learn the phrasal verbs with ‘grow’ too. They are very common in informal English and great to know/be able to understand if you happen to be speaking to a native. We use them all the time, like literally ALL the time.