What does ‘grow’ mean?

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 (become distant)
  • Grow back (grow again)
  • Grow into (mature, change)
  • Grow on (start to like)
  • Grow out of (become too big, lose interest)
  • Grow up (mature)
  • Grow up on (do a lot when you were a child)
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.

idioms with verbs – GROW

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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