sprout


sprout
1 verb
1 (I) if leaves or buds sprout they appear and begin to grow
2 (I, T) if vegetables, seeds, or plants sprout they start to produce shoots, or buds: Keep the tray away from direct sunlight until the seeds begin to sprout. | sprout sth: The plant had sprouted a few flower stalks.
3 also sprout up (intransitive always + adv/prep) to appear suddenly in large numbers
(+ in/throughout): Office blocks seem to be sprouting up everywhere.
4 (T) to grow suddenly, or grow something suddenly, especially hair, horns, or wings: Jim seemed to have sprouted a beard overnight.
2 noun (C)
1 a small green vegetable like a very small cabbage; brussels sprout
2 a new growth on a plant; shoot 2 (1)
3 (usually plural) AmE an alfalfa seed which has grown a stem and is eaten
4 AmE a beansprout

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

Synonyms:

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Sprout — Sprout, v. t. 1. To cause to sprout; as, the rain will sprout the seed. [1913 Webster] 2. To deprive of sprouts; as, to sprout potatoes. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sprout — may refer to:* Shoot, the early growth of a plant ** Edible sprouts * Sprouting, germination of seed * Brussels sprout, a green vegetable * Sprouts (game), a pencil and paper game * Little Green Sprout, the sidekick to the Jolly Green Giant… …   Wikipedia

  • Sprout — Sprout, n. [Cf. AS. sprote a sprout, sprig; akin to Icel. sproti, G. sprosse. See {Sprout}, v. i.] 1. The shoot of a plant; a shoot from the seed, from the stump, or from the root or tuber, of a plant or tree; more rarely, a shoot from the stem… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sprout — [sprout] vi. [ME sprouten < OE sprutan, akin to Ger spriessen < IE * spreud < base * (s)p(h)er : see SPREAD] 1. to begin to grow or germinate; give off shoots or buds 2. to grow or develop rapidly vt. to cause to sprout or grow n. [ME… …   English World dictionary

  • Sprout — (sprout), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Sprouted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Sprouting}.] [OE. sprouten, spruten; akin to OFries. spr[=u]ta, AS. spre[ o]tan, D. spruiten, G. spriessen, Sw. spruta to squirt, to spout. Cf. {Sprit}, v. t. & i., {Sprit} a spar,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sprout — sprout; sprout·er; sprout·ling; …   English syllables

  • sprout — ► VERB 1) produce shoots. 2) grow (plant shoots or hair). 3) start to grow or develop. ► NOUN 1) a shoot of a plant. 2) a Brussels sprout. ORIGIN Germanic …   English terms dictionary

  • sprout — index germinate, outgrowth, proliferate, pullulate, stem (originate) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • sprout — [v] develop bud, burgeon, germinate, grow, push, shoot, shoot up, spring, take root, vegetate; concept 257 Ant. die, shrink, shrivel …   New thesaurus

  • sprout — I UK [spraʊt] / US verb Word forms sprout : present tense I/you/we/they sprout he/she/it sprouts present participle sprouting past tense sprouted past participle sprouted 1) [intransitive] if a leaf or other part of a plant is sprouting, it is… …   English dictionary

  • sprout — [[t]spra͟ʊt[/t]] sprouts, sprouting, sprouted 1) VERB When plants, vegetables, or seeds sprout, they produce new shoots or leaves. It only takes a few days for beans to sprout. 2) VERB When leaves, shoots, or plants sprout somewhere, they grow… …   English dictionary