grow (up)on (someone or something)

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grow (up)on (someone or something)

1. To become more liked and appreciated by someone. I didn't like her bubbly new assistant at first, but she grew on me in time.
2. To become more obvious or apparent to someone. Unease grew upon me as we walked into the creepy old house.
See also: grow

grow on someone

 
1. Lit. [for a fungus, tumor, parasite, etc.] to live and grow on someone's skin. I've got this stuff growing on me and I want to get rid of it. Is that an ink stain or is something growing on you?
2. Fig. [for something] to become familiar to and desired by someone; [for something] to become habitual for someone. This kind of music grows onyou after awhile. Kenneth sort of grows on you after a while.
See also: grow, on

grow on

Also, grow upon.
1. Gradually become more evident. For example, A feeling of distrust grew upon him as he learned more about the way the account was handled . [c. 1600]
2. Gradually become more pleasurable or acceptable to, as in This music is beginning to grow on me. Jane Austen had it in Pride and Prejudice (1796): "Miss Bennet's pleasing manners grew on the good-will of Mrs. Hurst." [c. 1700]
See also: grow, on

grow on

or grow upon
v.
1. To be nourished by something and develop in size or quality: Wheat does not grow on sandy soil. Baby mice grow on only a few drops of milk every hour.
2. To become gradually more evident to someone: A feeling of distrust grew on me.
3. To become gradually more pleasurable or acceptable to someone: Just wait; the bitter taste will grow on you.
See also: grow, on
References in classic literature ?
He hurried forward in this spirit; his anxiety grew upon him with every step; as he entered the garden a voice fell upon his ear, and he was once more arrested, not this time by doubt, but by indubitable certainty of ill.
The habit grew upon him of making it constantly: in the air with his match, as he lit his cigar, over a cup of coffee.
We know that by the end of his career he was particularly cynical of masculinity and heroism, but this could prompt some debate about whether this was something that grew upon him or a long-standing view.
first he was superficial and inaccuracy grew upon him like a