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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.

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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 stop behaving like a child.
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