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grown-upnoun [C]

us   /ˈɡroʊnˌʌp/
an adult: The grown-ups sat inside while the children played in the yard.
grown-up
adjective [not gradable] us   /ˈɡroʊnˌʌp/
She has three grown-up sons.
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grown upadjective

uk   /ˌɡrəʊn ˈʌp/ us   /ˌɡroʊn ˈʌp/
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 family business.

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grown-upnoun [C]

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

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