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 ?
"Do not all people grow upon bushes where you came from, on the outside of the earth?"
Posky, who fled from her bungalow one night, pursued by her infuriate husband, wielding his second brandy bottle, and actually carried Posky through the delirium tremens and broke him of the habit of drinking, which had grown upon that officer, as all evil habits will grow upon men.
To me, at least, the presence -- not of human life only, but of life in any other form than that of the green things which grow upon the soil and are voiceless -- is a stain upon the landscape -- is at war with the genius of the scene.
And he gave it for his opinion, "that whoever could make two ears of corn, or two blades of grass, to grow upon a spot of ground where only one grew before, would deserve better of mankind, and do more essential service to his country, than the whole race of politicians put together."
"He has built a strong foundation for his family to grow upon. He was loved by many and we are saddened to have lost an angelic soul in such a tragic way.
"It's going to be something new that hopefully we can grow upon over the next few years."
"And what sectors of the economy does each region think they can specialise in and then grow upon?" This work has already begun, with Mr McDonnell and his team talking to local councils, MPs and others.
"And what sectors of the economy does each region think they can specialise in and then grow upon?" This work has already begin, with Mr McDonnell and his team talking to local councils, MPs and others.
This growth requires automation, and the region already has at least 32 years of installed base to grow upon.
Bilateral non-oil trade between the UAE and Australia reached Dh10.4 billion at the end of 2016, the Ministry said, adding the figure is expected to grow upon the implementation of committee results.
"Two things that we've really learned and are trying to continue to grow upon is having the right development programs in place so that [millennials] have these opportunities to continue to learn and really advance their skills and really be connected to that personal growth toward their careers.
HDMI continues to evolve to meet the needs of the over 1,600 worldwide adopters making HDMI products, and grow upon the nearly six billion HDMI devices shipped.
The prices for some food products, meat among them, will grow upon Kyrgyzstan's entry into the Customs Union, Economy Minister Temir Sariyev said at the meeting of SDPK faction on September 26.
Epiphytes, which include many bromeliads, ferns, gesneriads, and orchids, are plants that grow upon other plants.