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Meaning of “own up” in the English Dictionary

"own up" in British English

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own up

phrasal verb with own uk   /əʊn/  us   /oʊn/ verb
C2 to ​admit that you have done something ​wrong: No one has ​owned up tostealing the ​money.
(Definition of own up from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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own up

phrasal verb with own  us   /oʊn/ verb [T]
to ​tell the ​truth or to ​admit that you are ​responsible for something: A ​youngnurselooked at the two men and ​waited for one of them to own up.
(Definition of own up from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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