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1adult

adjective \ə-ˈdəlt, ˈa-ˌdəlt\

: fully grown and developed

: mature and sensible : not childish

: of or intended for adults

Full Definition of ADULT

1
:  fully developed and mature :  grown-up
2
:  of, relating to, intended for, or befitting adults <an adult approach to a problem>
3
:  dealing in or with explicitly sexual material <adult bookstores> <adult movies>
adult·hood \ə-ˈdəlt-ˌhd\ noun
adult·ly \ə-ˈdəlt-lē, ˈa-ˌdəlt-\ adverb
adult·ness \ə-ˈdəlt-nəs, ˈa-ˌdəlt-\ noun

Examples of ADULT

  1. preparing children for adult life
  2. We need to approach this in an adult way.

Origin of ADULT

Latin adultus, past participle of adolescere to grow up, from ad- + -olescere (from alescere to grow) — more at old
First Known Use: 1531

2adult

noun

: a fully grown person or animal

Full Definition of ADULT

:  one that is adult; especially :  a human being after an age (as 21) specified by law
adult·like \ə-ˈdəlt-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of ADULT

  1. Her books appeal both to children and to adults.
  2. Children must be accompanied by an adult in the museum.
  3. Only adults can purchase alcohol.
  4. This film is for adults only. Minors are not admitted.
  5. People who are close friends as children aren't always friends as adults.
  6. studying interactions between young birds and adults

First Known Use of ADULT

1658

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1adult

adjective \ə-ˈdəlt, ˈa-ˌdəlt\

Definition of ADULT for Kids

:  fully developed and mature <adult birds>

2adult

noun

Definition of ADULT for Kids

:  a fully grown person, animal, or plant

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