intransitive verb

: to grow toward maturity : pass through adolescence
it is a young nation, still adolescing

Word History


back-formation from adolescent entry 1 & adolescence

First Known Use

1859, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of adolesce was in 1859

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Dictionary Entries Near adolesce

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“Adolesce.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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