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  • adj. Of, pertaining to, or suitable for adults.
  • adj. Adult; fully developed; mature.
  • n. An adult.
  • v. Past participle of grow up


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  • He had grown up mostly in boarding schools, then graduated from Galliard College in Maine and attended the Istituto Universitario di Architettura in Venice.


  • LaShekia had grown up pretty much like any American city kid, in a white two-story with sky blue trim on the corner of Mapleridge and Deerfield, four blocks north of 537 East Delavan.

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  • Alexander had grown up hearing stories of this sacred site that the Persian king Cambyses had once tried to destroy, only to lose fifty thousand men to a sandstorm.

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  • How wrenching it had been to see Elizabeth so grown up today, and how fearful, witnessing that less-than-benign fatherly hand upon her.


  • She was one stern lady, a ranchwoman who had grown up in hard times, and all nonsense had long ago been washed out of her.

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  • GenXers are known to be more pessimistic and realistic; they respond to independence and are less influenced by marketing or television programming, as many are children of divorce and have grown up in an era of AIDS, gangs, and violence.

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  • I had grown up admiring what I perceived to be the chivalry of the World War I pilots—Frank Luke, Eddie Rickenbacker, Manfred von Richthofen, and Billy Bishop.

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  • Many residents had, in fact, grown up referring to their neighborhood as “Smeltertown.”

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  • For that reason, the custom that has grown up in our days, even in some of the Roman churches, of providing only black vestments in the sacristies on the days of Semi-double,

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  • Marcie Barton was fifteen years old and although my father had taken young wives before, this was the first time he would marry a girl I had grown up with.

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  • What I like about this phrase (as a noun) is that it sounds so childish. In talking about adulthood to children, we use this childish form. I'm not grown-up, I'm a grown-up. And it implies so much, as well.

    September 29, 2007