grow up

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Dissimilated from Middle English upgrowen.


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grow up (third-person singular simple present grows up, present participle growing up, simple past grew up, past participle grown up)

  1. (intransitive) To mature and become an adult.
    What do you want to be when you grow up?
  2. (intransitive) To start to develop; to flourish.
    Socialism grew up in the industrial cities.
  3. (intransitive, idiomatic) To stop acting as or like a child (often used as an imperative interjection).
    Will you grow up please, and stop making silly faces?

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