Definition of own up in US English:

own up

phrasal verb

  • Admit or confess to having done something wrong or embarrassing.

    ‘he owns up to few mistakes’
    • ‘We men have almost as much trouble owning up to our emotions as we do admitting to fear.’
    • ‘Both, understandably, want to talk about where they go from here, but they have to own up to what went wrong.’
    • ‘That was to his credit, as many people did the opposite and people should be encouraged to own up for their wrong doings.’
    • ‘Virtually everything these people said was wrong, but none of them has owned up to it.’
    • ‘He figured out what was wrong and owned up to his mistake.’
    • ‘No government owns up to state-facilitated assassinations’
    • ‘If she owns up to her mistreatment, seems genuinely sorry and makes amends, you should have no problem setting the friendship back on track.’
    • ‘No one owns up to the fact of doing something wrong.’
    • ‘Men who learn of their affliction are sometimes embarrassed to own up to it.’
    • ‘I was slightly disappointed at owning up, sometimes lying promises more fun.’
    confess, confess to, admit to, admit guilt, plead guilty, accept blame, accept responsibility, acknowledge, acknowledge that, tell the truth, tell the truth about, make a clean breast of it, tell all
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