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grow up

phrasal verb with grow uk   /ɡrəʊ/  us   /ɡroʊ/ verb (grew, grown)
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A2 to ​graduallybecome an ​adult: I ​grew up in ​Scotland (= I ​lived there when I was ​young). Taking ​responsibility for yourself is ​part of the ​process of ​growing up.

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grow up

phrasal verb with grow  us   /ɡroʊ/ verb (past tense grew  /ɡru/ , past participle grown  /ɡroʊn/ )
to ​change from being a ​child to being an ​adult: She grew up on a Pennsylvania ​farm. If you say “grow up” to someone, you are ​telling the ​person to ​stopbehaving like a ​child.
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