from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. to arrive at full stature or maturity; as, grown up children.
  • adv. to grow to maturity.


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  • The fact is your husband gave his life not simply so a small country could once again be free, but so those kids of yours will have a better chance to grow up in a world morepeaceful, more just.

    Barbara Bush

  • Not every man could hope to be a rav, but no Jewish boy was allowed to grow up without at least a rudimentary knowledge of Hebrew.

    The Promised Land

  • It is proper to remark that when we of the three cults plant a "We think we may assume," we expect it, under careful watering and fertilizing and tending, to grow up into a strong and hardy and weather-defying "there isn't a shadow of a doubt" at last -- and it usually happens.

    Is Shakespeare Dead?

  • Or had Lamar Rensdale found a way to convince her that I needed school if I was ever to grow up happy and normal?

    My Sweet Audrina

  • I acknowledged no natural claim on Adèle's part to be supported by me, nor do I now acknowledge any, for I am not her father; but hearing that she was quite destitute, I e'en took the poor thing out of the slime and mud of Paris, and transplanted it here, to grow up clean in the wholesome soil of an English country garden.

    Jane Eyre: an autobiography, Vol. I.

  • Newfound sympathy for Jacinda trickled into my heart as I considered what it must be like to grow up with a family that was so ashamed of you that they openly apologized to your roommates for your very existence.

    The 310: Boy Trouble

  • The general murmur of mind-noise began to grow up about her again, a varying pulse of life and psi energies, diminishing gradually with distance, arising from her companions, from animals on plain and mountain, with an undernote of the dimmer emanations of plants.

    The Complete Federation Of The Hub

  • Naturally, as soon as the legends began to grow up around the name of Pythagoras, many tenets were ascribed him which were in fact introduced by later Pythagoreans, such as Philolaus and

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • So a little Jewish girl in Polotzk was apt to grow up hungry-minded and empty-hearted; and if, still in her outreaching youth, she was set down in a land of outspoken patriotism, she was likely to love her new country with a great love, and to embrace its heroes in a great worship.

    The Promised Land

  • She told him that she had named him after the great preacher of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Bishop Allen, and that she wanted him to grow up to be a great and good man like the bishop.

    Battles and Victories of Allen Allensworth, A. M., Ph. D., Lieutenant-Colonel, Retired, U. S. Army


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