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“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 to stealing the money.

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

“own up” in American English

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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 young nurse looked 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)