Definition of grown-up in English:


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  • 1Adult: Joe is married with two grown-up daughters
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    • The father of two grown-up daughters was driving to work at the Co-op Dairy in Norton, South Yorkshire, from his home in Birdwell, Barnsley, when he was attacked.
    • I have a grown-up daughter from my first marriage.
    • Now Jane is a happy 47-year-old living in Swindon, enjoying family life with her son, who lives with her, and her grown-up daughter.
    adult, mature, of age; fully grown, full-grown, fully developed
  • 1.1Suitable for or characteristic of an adult: it seems a grown-up thing to do
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    • If the loch is a magnet for children, he says, it is also suitable for more grown-up pursuits, potentially appealing to those with an interest in conservation.
    • Some things that children would never think of however - like lighting - are indispensable factors at a grown-up party.
    • And I thought it was going to be a very grown-up dinner party, so I didn't worry about going back to find my light.


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  • An adult (especially a child’s word): I don’t like it when grown-ups get all serious
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    • In a festival where easy laughs are mostly the order of the day, this is a serious piece of work that separates the grown-ups from the kids.
    • When we were kids, adults always said that sex and sexuality was for grown-ups.
    • I assume that my readers are grown-ups who can make up their own minds.
    adult, (grown) woman, (grown) man, mature woman, mature man

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