grow to (do something)

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grow to (do something)

To slowly begin to do something or feel a certain way over time. Ian annoyed me at first, but I really grew to like him as we spent more time together. Every young adult grows to want more freedom from their family—that's just how it is. Grandma grew to hate the cold and eventually moved to Florida.
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grow to do something

to gradually begin to do certain things, using verbs such as feel, know, like, need, respect, sense, suspect, think, want, wonder, etc. I grew to hate Bob over a period of years. As I grew to know Bob, I began to like him.
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For this category, over 36 million units are expected to be shipped in 2000, a growth of 6.5% over 1999s levels, and will grow to 40 million units in 2002.
As the number of e-tailers continues to grow at breakneck pace, and as some analysts predict online sales to grow to as much as $184.5 billion in 2004, e-commerce poses tremendous challenges for traditional store-based retailers.
By focusing on a unique peripheral device for the game, Barrow helped IZZO grow to revenues of approximately $3 million last year.
It's been difficult to determine the correct amount of the vaccine producing fruit or vegetable to eat and controlling the amount of vaccine produced in crops that grow to different sizes.
This condition can be treated with injections of growth hormone, which allow kids to grow to a normal height.
Researchers don't know what mechanisms spur the eye to grow to a length that matches flawlessly the eye's optics.
As trees they can grow to 25 feet in height, but as shrubs they usually peak out at 15.
Mature trees grow to large sizes -- up to 25 meters tall and 2 meters in diameter -- thus becoming vulnerable to high winds.
The other half of the garden is a lush lawn bordered by rose bushes and crytomeria, evergreens that grow to 20 feet in height.