Okay. What else grows, apart from vegetables and children?
Hair. Toe nails. Problems (as in I regarded my growing problems with horror); success (the growing success of the mine meant that soon it was employing seven dwarves); size (the number of ants in my sandwich is growing rapidly); friendship (we grew together because of our shared love of barbed wire and antique underpants); and, lastly, feelings (I am growing morose).
Now, the reason I am growing morose is that, as if that's not a lot of work for one small word, grow, to do, the poor thing is being brought in to do other jobs it can't quite manage.
Grow your business
(I'm afraid this is from a UK Government website.)
Look, you can't grow a business. No, really, you can't. A business can grow, but you can't grow it. Yes, I know what you mean, so I agree that it shouldn't matter, but, consider, there's always a chance your customers won't care to do business with language-manglers. Some customers don't.
Neither can you grow economics. In this case not only do I have no idea at all what the expression means, but I rather doubt anyone else does, either.
In the first case the word that's needed is develop. (In the second case, of course, I haven't a clue which word people need.)
Develop. Develop. It's not the loveliest word in the dictionary, but it doesn't deserve to disappear altogether.
And you wouldn't want me to develop a sense of despair, would you.
Word To Use Today: develop. This word comes from the Old French desveloper, to unwrap.