Sl. brown-nose, Sl. earn brownie points.
2. crawl, creep, creep before, slither, sneak, sneak along, steal, steal along, worm, worm along, worm one's way; kneel, kneel before, fall on one's knees; lie prone, lie low, prostrate oneself, throw oneself at the feet of.
3. (all in mean or base things) wallow, wallow in, wallow in the mire, welter; revel in, rejoice in, delight in, luxuriate in, indulge in.
groveling, adj. 1. servile, slavish, obsequious, Obs. obsequent, subservient, menial, Obs., Rare, ver-nile; submissive, docile, deferential, acquiescent, compliant, unassertive, Tomish, Uncle Tomish, tractable, mealy-mouthed; kowtowing, bowing, bowing and scraping, bending, stooping, squatting, crouching, slouching, hunching; cringing, cowering, squirming; crawling, creeping, slithering, sneaking, stealing, worming; whining, whimpering, sniveling; sycophantic, sy-cophantical, sycophantish, toadyish, toadying, toad-eating, truckling, wheedling, timeserving, 7/i/. bootlicking, Sl. footlicking, Inf. apple-polishing, Sl. brown-nosing, Obs. blanding, Obs., Rare, blandilo-quous.
2. base, base-spirited, mean, mean-spirited, low, low-spirited, vile, scurvy, despicable, contemptible, debased, abased; shabby, paltry, dirty, beggarly, beggared.
grow, v. 1. increase, fill out, expand, develop, enlarge, swell, wax, become greater or larger; add to, augment, reinforce, supplement; double, triple, quadruple, multiply; extend, distend, stretch, spread; widen, heighten, lengthen, deepen, thicken; amplify, magnify, aggrandize.
2. issue, arise, originate, spring up, sprout, bud, germinate, pullulate, shoot up; burst forth, mushroom, burgeon, boom, develop vigorously; thrive, prosper, flourish, luxuriate; bloom, blossom, flower, bear fruit, fructify; mature, maturate, ripen.
3. advance, get ahead, go up in the world, progress, make headway; succeed, Brit. Dial, fadge, fare well, get or go along.
4. unite, coalesce, come together, become attached; combine, merge, converge, blend, amalgamate.
5. become, come to be, get to be; work up to, progress, advance.
6. raise, produce, generate, breed, propagate, cause to grow; cultivate, nurture, till, farm, garden; plant, Hort. bed, sow, scatter seed.
7. grow into a. become large enough for; fit into,
b. progress, advance, work up to, become qualified for.
8. grow on or upon a. influence, affect, impress, touch, stir.
b. become used to, get accustomed to, get in the habit of; accept, begin to like.
9. grow out of a. outgrow, develop beyond, mature beyond; leave behind, discard, abandon, put or lay aside,
b. originate in, develop from, come out of, spring from, issue from, result from.
grow up a. become fully grown, become mature or of age, become an adult,
b. come into existence, arise, appear, come into being, develop, spring or shoot up; burst forth, mushroom, burgeon, bloom.
growing, adj. 1. increasing, expanding, crescive, crescent, accrescent, enlarging, aggrandizing, swelling, waxing; extending, distending, spreading, stretching; widening, heightening, lengthening, deepening, thickening.
2. prospering, thriving, palmy; mushrooming, burgeoning, booming, ascendant, in the ascendant, on the rise or upswing; flourishing, lush, luxuriant, exuberant; blooming, blossoming, flowering; developing,