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grown-up

  
     ( grown-ups    plural  )
The spelling grownup is also used. The syllable up is not stressed when it is a noun.     
1       n-count   A grown-up is an adult; used by or to children.   (=adult)  
Tell children to tell a grown-up if they're being bullied.     
2       adj   Someone who is grown-up is physically and mentally mature and no longer depends on their parents or another adult.  
I have grown-up children who're doing well.     
3       adj   If you say that someone is grown-up, you mean that they behave in an adult way, often when they are in fact still a child.  
usu v-link ADJ  
She's very grown-up.     
4       adj   Grown-up things seem suitable for or typical of adults.  
INFORMAL  
(=adult)  

Her songs tackle grown-up subjects..., She talked in a grown-up manner.     
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grown-up

  
1   
      adj   adult, fully-grown, mature, of age  
2   
      n   adult, man, woman  

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grow up, grown, grow, grow on

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