Definition of own up in English:

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own up

Admit or confess to having done something wrong or embarrassing: he owns up to few mistakes
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  • That was to his credit, as many people did the opposite and people should be encouraged to own up for their wrong doings.
  • Both, understandably, want to talk about where they go from here, but they have to own up to what went wrong.
  • He figured out what was wrong and owned up to his mistake.
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