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ADULT / tall:
Let's compare "grow up" with a variation of that sign that we will call: ADULT.
This version of ADULT can also mean "tall." (Or more specifically, one of the versions for the sign for "tall.")
Hold a bent hand near the side of your head and then move it up (and a bit forward) quickly.
ADULT / TALL-[bent-hand-version]
For another version of "tall" see: TALL
This is an initialized version of "parent" based on mother/father, boy/girl locations. It uses the letter "A" to represent the idea of "adult." Many d/Deaf people use this version, but your local teacher might consider it to be "signed English" so use this version with caution.
Note: If you replace the "A" with a "T" it can mean "teenager." Some people feel that using the "T" means the sign is "Signed English" and that you should instead sign teenager by signing "young."
RAISED / grow up:
Show the person getting taller. Use a smooth relatively quick movement.
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