sproutsprout1 /spraʊt/ verb 🔊 🔊 1[intransitive, transitive]HBPGROW/GET BIGGER if vegetables, seeds, or plants sprout, they start to grow, producing shoots, buds, or leaves 🔊 Move the pots outside when the seeds begin to sprout. 🔊 Trees were starting to sprout new leaves.2[intransitive] (also sprout up)APPEAR to appear suddenly in large numbers 🔊 Office blocks are sprouting up everywhere.3[intransitive, transitive]GROW/GET BIGGER if something such as hair sprouts or if you sprout it, it starts to grow 🔊 Jim seemed to have sprouted a beard.→ See Verb table
sproutsprout2 noun [countable] 🔊 🔊 1DFHBP especially British English a small green vegetable like a very small cabbage syn brussels sprout2HBPa new growth on a plant syn shoot3[usually plural] American EnglishDF an alfalfa seed which has grown a stem and is eaten4[usually plural] American EnglishHBPDF a beansprout
Examples from the Corpus
sprout• A sprout can take just so much and then no more.• Add beansprouts and cook another half minute.