Meaning of “grow up” in the English Dictionary

"grow up" in British English

See all translations

grow up

phrasal verb with grow uk /ɡrəʊ/ us /ɡroʊ/ verb grew, grown

(PERSON)

A2 to gradually become 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.

More examples

  • Linda Chan was born in Hong Kong but grew up in New York and quickly became Americanized.
  • He immigrated with his parents in 1895, and grew up in Long Island.
  • What do you want to be when you grow up?
  • She wants to be a doctor when she grows up.
  • He's grown up quickly since going to secondary school.

(Definition of “grow up” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"grow up" in American English

See all translations

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 stop behaving like a child.

(Definition of “grow up” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

Blogs about "grow up"