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grow on (1) to advance, proceed Per. IV. iv. 19 “So with his steerage shall your thoughts on” ; (2) to come by degrees MND. I. ii. 10 “and so on to a point” (Ff1 2 3; Qq “ to a point”); grow on or upon, (1) to increase so as to be more troublesome to (a person) H5 III. iii. 55, Lr. V. iii. 106 “My sickness g-s upon me” ; (2) to gain ground upon Cæs. II. i. 107 “the sun arises; Which is a great way g-ing on the south” ; (3) to come to take liberties with AYL. I. i. 92 “begin you to upon me?” ; grow to or unto, (1) to become closely, vitally, indissolubly united to R2 V. iii. 30, 106, H8 V. v. 50 “like a vine to him,” Cym. I. iii. 1, Ven. 540 “face g-s to face” ; (2) to adhere or cling to H8 III. i. 88 “They that my trust must to,” Ham. IV. vii. 85 “he grew unto his seat,” Sonn. xviii. 12; (3) to be an integral part of 2H4 I. ii. 100 “I lay aside that which g-s to me?” ; (4) to advance to or arrive at (a particular stage or state) 1H6 IV. i. 36 “g-n to credit by the wars,” R3 III. vii. 20 “grew to an end” (Ff “drew”).
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