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phrasal verb [intransitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theyown up
he/she/itowns up
present participleowning up
past tenseowned up
past participleowned up
  1. to admit that you have done something bad or embarrassing

    Dan could have made this whole thing go away simply by owning up.

    own up to:

    Two local students later owned up to the prank.

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