grow up - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [intransitive]
present tense
I/you/we/theygrow up
he/she/itgrows up
present participlegrowing up
past tensegrew up
past participlegrown up
  1. 1
    to change from being a baby or young child to being an older child or adult

    She’s really starting to grow up now.

    1. a.
      used for talking about the things that happened while you were a child

      I grew up in London.

      He never saw his father while he was growing up.

  2. 3
    to start existing or being seen

    the many small religious sects that grew up and flourished in the area

See also main entry: grow