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grow apart

1. Literally, to grow and move away from something. Wow, those bushes have really grown apart since we bought the place.
2. To experience a lessening of emotional intimacy in a relationship over time. Of course I still care about Ed—we've just grown apart over the years. We hardly even talk anymore.
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grow apart

 (from someone or something)
1. Lit. [for things] to separate as they grow. These trees tend to grow apart from each other as they get bigger. They need to grow apart so they won't be too crowded.
2. Fig. [for people] to separate from one another gradually. Over the years, they grew apart from each other. Ted and Sharon grew apart and saw less and less of each other.
See also: apart, grow
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"Just after the New Year they began to experience some problems and they grew apart. They decided to call it a day and preserve the good friendship that they continue to enjoy.
Natalie said: "Stuart and I just grew apart. My time in Greece made me grow up a lot.
They just grew apart and went their separate ways."
Frederick Gauntlett, 48, and Teresa, 42, grew apart after disabled son Nathan, 24, died six weeks earlier but they still shared a home.
"Vijay's very demanding to work for and I think they just grew apart.
George Culwick, 87, and Lucy Heenan, 88, grew apart in their 20s when the businessman started travelling around the country with his engineering firm.
"Vijay's very demanding to work for and I think they just grew apart. They parted company with two Majors under their belts so they can't have been too bad a team."
The stunning 29-year-old has split with Aston Villa hunk John Carew after just three months - because they grew apart.
He and Sharon were happy together with the girls, but he admits they grew apart and he took legal advice about getting access to the children.
But they lead very busy lives and just grew apart."
She said: "We grew apart and realised it just wasn't going to work."
But a friend said: "They grew apart and it just wasn't working any more.
The relationship wasn't right - we grew apart because we wanted different things."