adolescent

noun
ad·​o·​les·​cent | \ ˌa-də-ˈle-sᵊnt How to pronounce adolescent (audio) \

Definition of adolescent

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a young person who is developing into an adult : one who is in the state of adolescence

adolescent

adjective

Definition of adolescent (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or being in adolescence adolescent growth adolescent boys and girls
2 : emotionally or intellectually immature did not appreciate her husband's adolescent high jinks

Other Words from adolescent

Adjective

adolescently adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for adolescent

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of adolescent in a Sentence

Noun Their children are now adolescents. Adjective an adolescent sheepdog, who hasn't quite gotten the hang of keeping the sheep huddled together would hope that the college students had outgrown such adolescent behavior
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For me, it was very informed by not even being a kid, but being an adolescent, being a teenager and graduating high school and wanting to come to New York and be a writer. Lexy Perez, The Hollywood Reporter, 27 May 2022 On a few occasions, a parent offered to leave the room, or an adolescent asked for privacy and the parent agreed. New York Times, 10 May 2022 An adolescent during the Second World War, Galella would go on to serve his country and get an education with the support of the GI Bill. Vogue, 3 May 2022 The once loquacious adolescent (played by John Bell) had transformed into a fierce Mohawk warrior, with demons clearing haunting him and a refusal to speak about what had sent him back to his Fraser family. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 28 Mar. 2022 Born and raised in New York City, Peck began performing stand-up comedy as an adolescent before a breakout role on Nickelodeon's The Amanda Show led to Drake & Josh. Aili Nahas, PEOPLE.com, 9 Mar. 2022 But there is an emotional relationship, an intense one, and the very plausibility of it is rooted in the experience of work, which makes Gary, an otherwise goofball adolescent with a gift of worldly gab, fascinating to Alana. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 1 Dec. 2021 The loss of a parent or caregiver is devastating and can have a long-term impact on a child or adolescent’s mental and physical health. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 12 Oct. 2021 As an adolescent, Nico already spoke in the slow, booming tones that would inform her singing voice. Brian Dillon, The New Yorker, 8 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Iron supplements might also cause the green color, Dr. Lori Feldman-Winter, an adolescent medical specialist at Cooper University Medical Center, told USA TODAY. Sudiksha Kochi, USA TODAY, 17 Feb. 2022 Even before Covid-19 struck, 75% of U.S. counties didn’t have a single child or adolescent psychiatrist, said Allen. Gillian Tan, Bloomberg.com, 29 Mar. 2022 Insurer approvals can be especially difficult for older children, who can be less likely to get treatment services than younger ones, said Dr. Donna Londino, a child and adolescent psychiatrist at Augusta University in Georgia. Andy Miller, CNN, 28 Mar. 2022 Generational trauma does increase the risk for PTSD, as well as anxiety disorders such as obsessive-compulsive disorder and social phobia, said Dr. Gayani DeSilva, a child and adolescent psychiatrist in Southern California. NBC News, 26 Mar. 2022 Across Illinois, police are ticketing thousands of students a year for in-school adolescent behavior once handled only by the principal’s office — for littering, for making loud noises, for using offensive words. Chicago Tribune Staff, Chicago Tribune, 28 Apr. 2022 Pedersen’s depiction of Sunshine’s adolescent angst is fraught with tension and rich with compassion. Leah Tyler, ajc, 25 Apr. 2022 My name, written in loopy adolescent script, and the date: August 12, 1993. Sarah Blackwood, The New Republic, 6 Jan. 2022 The hospital is also building a 46-bed in-patient child and adolescent psychiatry unit. Meredith Deliso, ABC News, 17 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of adolescent

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for adolescent

Noun

Middle English, borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French, borrowed from Latin adolēscent-, adolēscens "young man or woman, youth," noun derivative of adolēscens adolescent entry 2

Adjective

borrowed from French & Latin; French, going back to Middle French, borrowed from Latin adolēscent-, adolēscens, adulēscens "young, youthful," present participle of adolēscere, adulēscere "to become mature, grow up" — more at adult entry 1

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“Adolescent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adolescent. Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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adolescent

noun
ad·​o·​les·​cent | \ ˌa-də-ˈle-sᵊnt How to pronounce adolescent (audio) \

Kids Definition of adolescent

: a person who is no longer a child but not yet an adult

adolescent

noun
ad·​o·​les·​cent | \ -ᵊnt How to pronounce adolescent (audio) \

Medical Definition of adolescent

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: one that is in the state of adolescence

adolescent

adjective

Medical Definition of adolescent (Entry 2 of 2)

: of, relating to, or being in adolescence

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adolescently adverb

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