1sprout /ˈspraʊt/ verb sprouts; sprout·ed; sprout·ing
to produce new leaves, buds, etc. [no obj
] ▪ seeds sprouting in the spring ▪ Potatoes will sprout in the bag if kept in a warm place.
] ▪ The garden is sprouting weeds. ▪ The tree is already sprouting leaves.
to grow or develop (something) [+ obj
] ▪ He sprouted a beard since the last time I saw him. ▪ She dreamed that her boss had sprouted horns.
] ▪ Hair sprouted on his face.
to appear suddenly and in large numbers — often + up ▪ Dozens of new restaurants have been sprouting up [=popping up] around the city.