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Meaning of “grown up” in the English Dictionary

"grown up" in British English

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grown upadjective

uk   /ˌɡrəʊnˈʌp/  us   /ˌɡroʊn-/
B2 If you say that someone is ​grown up, you ​mean that they are an ​adult or that they ​behave in a ​responsible way: He ​seems very ​grown up for a ten-year-old. This ​book is a ​bit too ​grown up for you (= you are too ​young to ​understand this ​book). [before noun] She has two grown-up ​children who ​work in the ​familybusiness.

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grown-upnoun [C]

uk   /ˈɡrəʊn.ʌp/  us   /ˈɡroʊn-/
B2 an ​adult, used ​especially when ​talking to ​children: Ask a grown-up to ​cut the ​shape out for you.

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

"grown-up" in American English

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grown-upnoun [C]

 us   /ˈɡroʊnˌʌp/
an ​adult: The grown-ups ​sat inside while the ​childrenplayed in the ​yard.
grown-up
adjective [not gradable]  us   /ˈɡroʊnˌʌp/
She has three grown-up ​sons.
(Definition of grown-up from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “grown up”
in Arabic راشِد, بالِغ…
in Korean 성인…
in Portuguese adulto, -a…
in Catalan adult, -a…
in Japanese 大人, 成人…
in Chinese (Simplified) (尤指用于对儿童说话时)大人,成年人…
in Turkish yetişkin, erişkin, reşit…
in Russian взрослый…
in Chinese (Traditional) (尤指用於對兒童說話時)大人,成年人…
in Italian (persona) grande…
in Polish dorosły (człowiek)…
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