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grown-up

[grohn-uhp] /ˈgroʊnˈʌp/
adjective
1.
having reached the age of maturity.
2.
characteristic of or suitable for adults:
grown-up behavior; grown-up fiction.
Origin
1625-1635
1625-35; adj. use of verb phrase grow up
Related forms
grown-upness, noun

grownup

[grohn-uhp] /ˈgroʊnˌʌp/
noun
1.
a mature, fully grown person; adult.
Origin
1805-15; noun use of verb phrase grow up
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Examples for grownup
  • Once a grownup, vocabulary does shape the way you think about the world.
  • The pupil feels resentment arising from the fact that the grownup who teaches him appears to know it all.
  • Never in a million years thinking it was something a grownup could grow up and do.
  • He was grownup enough to know that it would have insulted her to say that he had noticed nothing.
  • He was a grownup, but there was a readiness for play in him that lasted all his life.
  • For all that children are its subject, this is a grownup fight.
  • We clutched a grownup's hand in the darkened theater.
  • First of all, make sure that you work together with a grownup before experimenting with any chemicals.
  • If you are not sure, ask a trusted grownup to go along with you.
  • In telegraphy, however, another concept of switching bas grownup.
British Dictionary definitions for grownup

grown-up

adjective
1.
having reached maturity; adult
2.
suitable for or characteristic of an adult
noun
3.
an adult
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