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  • v. To mature and become an adult.
  • v. To start to develop; to flourish.
  • v. To stop acting as or like a child (often used as an imperative interjection).

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  • v. become an adult


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  • The reporter asked if the keynote address by New York congress-woman Susan Molinari the previous evening—it had featured images of her own daughter and her wish that the girl grow up in a world made safer by Bob Dole—had compelled Liz to want to vote for Dole.

    How to Rig an Election

  • So we grow up alone without Daddy with Miss Freeman looking in on us from time to time with Momma busy more and more.


  • 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 speak with the gracious hotelier, Joseph Andriajaka, who watched Bedo grow up and encouraged his development as a guide, who recommended his services to so many Perinet visitors, including me.

    The Song of The Dodo

  • 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

  • Or of the Spirometra mansoni, commonly called a flatworm, which can grow up to fourteen inches long and take up residence in your brain, where it feeds upon your cerebral matter until you are reduced to a vegetative state?

    The Monstrumologist

  • He would, he said, have the boy grow up well-proteined.

    Our American King

  • 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

  • Young men who grow up in a family where the father was sensitive and caring to the mothers needs and wishes, sexually and nonsexually, are more likely to go on to have similarly happy, healthy sexual relationships with women.

    What Men Say, What Women Hear

  • 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


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  • *to get older/ to become an adult

    May 14, 2009

  • I heard that at a certain age people start to shrink.

    May 14, 2009

  • aufwachsen

    May 14, 2009

  • she was born in California, but she grew up in Hawaii.

    May 14, 2009

  • to get older or to become an adult

    May 14, 2009