grow up

grew up; grown up; growing up; grows up

Definition of grow up

intransitive verb

1a : to grow toward or arrive at full stature or physical or mental maturity : to progress from childhood toward adulthood growing up intellectually grew up in the city also : to become an adult She wants to be a doctor when she grows up.
b : to stop thinking or behaving in a childish way He should grow up and accept his responsibilities.
2 : to begin to exist and develop as time passes A number of cities grew up along the river.

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Examples of grow up in a Sentence

everyone has to grow up at some point in their lives

First Known Use of grow up

1535, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of grow up was in 1535

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to speed up the process or progress of

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