grow (verb) past tense: grew LISTEN
If something grows, it means that it gets bigger.
- Children grow so fast!
If you grow a plant, it means that you help it to live and get bigger.
- I grow tomatoes in my garden.
If you grow, it can also mean that you become something slowly.
- We never wanted to grow old.
If someone grows up, it means that they become older. People start as children and become teenagers or adults.
- He grew up in the 1960s.
When someone is behaving like a child, and we don’t like it, we sometimes say to them, “Grow up!” For example, “I didn’t do it, it was her!” “Oh, grow up! I know it was you.”
In pop culture
Boyhood is a movie about a boy who slowly becomes a man. Usually when someone gets older in movies, they use a different actor. But in this movie it’s the same actor, so we can watch him grow up!
There are other meanings of grow.