an increase in amount, number, or size [≠ decline]
We've seen an enormous growth in the number of businesses using the Web.
the rapid growth of world population
the recent growth of interest in African music
an increase in the value of goods or services produced and sold by a business or a country [≠ decline]:
measures to stimulate economic growth
strong/rapid/slow etc growth
a period of rapid growth in the economy
The company is preparing for zero growth (=no growth) this year.
Debt collection is a huge growth industry.
the development of the physical size, strength etc of a person, animal, or plant over a period of time:
Vitamins are essential for healthy growth.
a means of stimulating plant growth
a growth hormone (=substance in the body that causes you to grow)
a gradual increase in the importance or influence that something has
Cinemas declined with the growth of television.
the development of someone's character, intelligence, or emotions:
A loving home is essential for a child's personal growth.
emotional/intellectual/spiritual etc growth
the journey toward spiritual growth
a swelling on or inside a person, animal, or plant, caused by disease [↪ tumour]:
a cancerous growth
a growth on his lung
something that has grown:
growing thing[uncountable and countable]
Feed the plants to encourage new growth.
His chin bore a thick growth of stubble.