grow up

verb

grew up; grown up; growing up; grows up

intransitive verb

1
a
: 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.

Examples of grow up in a Sentence

everyone has to grow up at some point in their lives
Recent Examples on the Web Menjivar is the daughter of Salvadoran immigrants who grew up in Reseda. Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times, 27 Feb. 2024 Luzardo has been a Marlins fan all his life growing up in Broward County and said Opening Day was one of the few days his dad, Jesus Luzardo Sr., would let Luzardo skip school. Jordan McPherson, Miami Herald, 27 Feb. 2024 So writes Gareth Higgins, an author and advocate, a peace activist who grew up in Northern Ireland during The Troubles, a period of sectarian conflict between Protestants and Catholics. John Baldoni, Forbes, 27 Feb. 2024 Brandon and Leah — who grew up together in Malibu — married in May 2012, welcomed daughter Eva James in July 2015 and split after 14 years together in September 2018. Lynsey Eidell, Peoplemag, 27 Feb. 2024 In fact, kids who grew up watching him in Jumanji may also recognize him from other beloved films of that era. Katie Rife, EW.com, 27 Feb. 2024 Despite a childhood fascination with space travel, Glover, who grew up in Pomona, Calif., didn't always aspire to be an astronaut. Scott Neuman, NPR, 27 Feb. 2024 Lydia Mansel grew up visiting the Holy City every summer and recently spent several years as a full-time resident. Lydia Mansel, Travel + Leisure, 27 Feb. 2024 Moriah was born in New Jersey and grew up in West Bank settlements. Shane Bauer, The New Yorker, 26 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1535, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of grow up was in 1535

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Cite this Entry

“Grow up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/grow%20up. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

grow up

verb
: to grow toward or reach full mental and physical growth

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