V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. the result of something; 2. something projecting or growing out of something else

Synonyms: result, outcome, consequence, effect, projection, by-product, derivative, offshoot


Tips: Outgrowth is a "growing out" of something; An outgrowth can be a physical growth, like the horns of a dear or the leaves of a plant, or it can refer to the result or consequence of something, like an idea or a policy--the outgrowth would be the result or the consequence of the idea or policy.

Usage Examples:

The strike was a predictable outgrowth of the pay cuts and employee layoffs. (consequence, result)

The need for an improved freeway system is just one outgrowth of the ever-increasing population and traffic in the county. (derivative, consequence)

An increased danger of forest fires is the outgrowth of a rainy winter and hot, dry summer. (outcome, by-product)

Our neighbor asked us to trim back the outgrowth of our tree, which was encroaching into his yard. (projection, offshoot)

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