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come of age

1. To reach adulthood. Watching my daughters come of age has been the biggest joy of my life. That was the summer I came of age, and learned what real responsibility is.
2. To develop or progress fully. It will take time for this program to come of age—try not to lose faith in the meantime.
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come of age

1. If something comes of age, it reaches an advanced stage of development and is accepted by a large number of people. Recycling is an issue that has come of age in Britain in the last decade.
2. When someone comes of age, they become legally an adult. The company was to be held in trust for Eddie until he came of age.
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come of age

1 (of a person) reach adult status. 2 (of a movement or activity) become fully established.
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ˌcome of ˈage


1 reach the age when you are considered by the law to be an adult: He will inherit his father’s money when he comes of age.
2 (of an organization, etc.) become established and accepted: With more and more people now aware of environmental issues, ‘green’ politics has really come of age.
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come of age

To reach maturity.
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