1. develop, increase or become larger






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growing tensions/concerns

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To grow can refer to a plant, animal or person to increasing in size, developing or changing physically over time, for example, a child grows into an adult. If something develops or expands or increases in size or number over a period of time you can use 'grow'. 'My savings should grow if I invest in the scheme for five years.' 'I hope the company will continue to grow at the same rate.' To 'grow' can also mean to develop into something over time, for example when talking about relationships. 'Our friendship grew over the years.'

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  1. Helen was anxious about learning a new language at first, but after each lesson she noticeably grows in confidence.
  2. The tree grew to an enormous height, and dominated the back garden of the house.
  3. Growing tensions in the Middle East have led to concerns that a war may break out at any time.

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  1. With a forward thinking CEO and a highly motivated and trained staff, the company's potential for growth is enormous.
  2. My concerns about the deal are really starting to grow. It seems as though we made a mistake in agreeing to those terms.

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