A sprout is a small growth on a plant — a little new bud. Other things can sprout too: kids are constantly sprouting (growing).
The key thing to think of when you're trying to remember the meaning of sprout is growth — as a noun, a sprout is a new growth of a plant, and as a verb, to sprout means to grow. Sprouting mainly applies to height and to the young, whether you're talking about plants, people, or things. An older person who gains fifty pounds is growing but not sprouting.
n a newly grown bud (especially from a germinating seed)
n any new growth of a plant such as a new branch or a bud
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a new branch
a swelling on a plant stem consisting of overlapping immature leaves or petals
a shoot arising from a plant's roots
a shoot that sprouts from the base of a grass
a bud from which leaves (but not flowers) develop
a bud from which only a flower or flowers develop
a bud yielding both leaves and flowers
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a functional and structural unit of a plant or fungus