sprouts, sprouting, sprouted
1) VERB When plants, vegetables, or seeds sprout, they produce new shoots or leaves.

It only takes a few days for beans to sprout.

2) VERB When leaves, shoots, or plants sprout somewhere, they grow there.

[V prep] Leaf-shoots were beginning to sprout on the hawthorn...

[V prep] Birch trees sprouted from the rubble and grew into a dense young wood.

3) VERB: no passive If a garden or other area of land sprouts plants, they start to grow there.

[V n] ...the garden, which had had time to sprout a shocking collection of weeds.

4) VERB If you sprout beans or seeds, you make them grow small shoots before eating them. You usually do this by soaking them in water.

[V n] When you sprout seeds their nutritional content increases...

[V-ed] Sprouted beans only need to be cooked for 1-2 minutes.

5) V-ERG: no passive If something such as hair sprouts from a person or animal, or if they sprout it, it grows on them.

[V prep] She is very old now, with little, round, wire-rimmed glasses and whiskers sprouting from her chin...

[V n] As well as sprouting a few grey hairs, Kevin seems to be suffering the occasional memory loss.

6) V-ERG If a large number of things have appeared or developed somewhere, you can say that they have sprouted there or that the place has sprouted them.

[V adv/prep] More than a million satellite dishes have sprouted on homes across the country...

[V n] Since its first shop was opened in 1976, it has sprouted outlets in 39 countries. [Also V]

7) N-COUNT: usu pl Sprouts are vegetables that look like tiny cabbages. They are also called brussels sprouts.
8) N-COUNT: usu pl Sprouts are new shoots on plants.

After eleven days of growth the number of sprouts was counted.

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