The sign held by a little girl in Elmira, New York: "When I grow up, I wanna be just like Gerry."
Most of us grow up expecting to live and die close to where we were born.
However, many are also survivors of child sex abuse and grow up deeply self-conscious, in desperate need for control.
Log line: A no-nonsense new captain at a Brooklyn police precinct forces an immature but brilliant detective to grow up.
Do we abandon David Copperfield or Great Expectations and grow up to live in the novels of Anthony Trollope?
You'll make a nice feller when you grow up, 'fraid of your own shadow!
If they are spared to grow up, there must be some way of knowing one from the other.
But why do your young men go West to grow up with the country?
But when they grow up and make gardens, they will not fill them with forbidden joys as we do.
"Tomboys" have lungs and chests and rosy cheeks, and grow up to be healthy mothers of healthy children.
Old English growan (of plants) "to grow, flourish, increase, develop, get bigger" (class VII strong verb; past tense greow, past participle growen), from Proto-Germanic *gro- (cf. Old Norse groa, Old Frisian groia, Dutch groeien, Old High German gruoen), from PIE root *ghre- (see grass). Applied in Middle English to human beings (c.1300) and animals (early 15c.) and their parts, supplanting Old English weaxan (see wax (v.)).
Have you ever heard anything about God, Topsy? ... Do you know who made you?" "Nobody, as I knows on," said the child. ... "I spect I grow'd. Don't think nobody never made me." [Harriet B. Stowe, "Uncle Tom's Cabin," 1851]
v. grew (grōō), grown (grōn), grow·ing, grows
To increase in size by a natural process.
To develop and reach maturity.
To be capable of growth; thrive.