The word ‘grow‘ can mean many different things. As a verb, the meaning is to increase in size and develop.

For example:

  • 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.

phrasal verbs with grow

Phrasal verbs with ‘grow’ include:

  • grow apart 
    meaning – become distant
    example – We were good friends at school but grew apart at college.
  • grow back   
    meaning – grow again
    example – I cut my chive plant a few days ago and it has already grown back.
  • grow into  
    meaning – mature/change or get bigger in order to fit something
    example – The ugly duckling grew into a beautiful white swan.
  • grow on  
    meaning – start to like something you didn’t like before
    example – I didn’t like Coldplay at first, but they have grown on me.
  • grow out of       
    meaning – become too big for clothes or lose interest as you get older
    example – My son has grown out of computer games. He prefers girls now.
  • grow up 
    meaning – mature or become an adult
    example – My brother is so immature, he’ll never get a girlfriend until he grows up.
  • grow up on
    meaning – something you did a lot when you were a child
    example – We live on a farm, so we’ve grown up on fresh vegetables.

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phrasal verbs with grow

Let’s learn the meaning of the phrasal verbs that contain the verb ‘grow’ in more detail and see some examples in use.

phrasal verbs with grow - grow apart
phrasal verbs with grow - grow back
phrasal verbs with grow - grow into
phrasal verbs with grow - grow on
phrasal verbs with grow - grow out of
phrasal verbs with grow - grow up on
phrasal verbs with grow - grow up

You can download a table of phrasal verbs with grow below.

Did you know that many idiomatic expressions (idioms) in English also contain a lot of verbs? Just like phrasal verbs, idioms are a major part of the English language (slang in particular). They are used constantly amongst native English speakers and are handy to know and understand.


Now you’ve learnt all the phrasal verbs with grow, how about learning the idioms with grow too?

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