adolescent

noun
ad·​o·​les·​cent | \ ˌa-də-ˈle-sᵊnt \

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

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Other Words from adolescent

Adjective

adolescently adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for adolescent

Synonyms: Adjective

immature, juvenile, young, youngish, youthful

Antonyms: Adjective

adult, grown-up, mature, matured

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Rates of depression in the country are rising, particularly among adolescents and seniors, noted Dr. Sarah Ngyuen, an assistant clinical professor at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, but rates of treatment are not. courant.com, "Depression Affects Women At Twice The Rate As Men," 20 June 2018 To everyone’s surprise, the researchers saw a 45 percent reduction in sustained infection rates among the adolescents who got BCG vaccine. Helen Branswell, STAT, "The Gates Foundation rolls outs details of its new biotech, one without a profit motive," 7 June 2018 Dieting has been shown to increase the risk for both obesity and eating disorders among adolescents. Susan A. Gutierrez, M.d., miamiherald, "Tips for talking to your teen about body image, weight loss and healthy eating | Miami Herald," 22 May 2018 Previous research has suggested other factors that may contribute to growing rates of depression and suicidal thoughts among adolescents, the authors point out in their paper. Amanda Macmillan, Health.com, "Suicide Attempts Have Risen Among Kids and Teens. Here's What Parents Need to Know," 16 May 2018 The largest increases were seen among adolescents between two age groups — 15 and 17, and 12 and 14 — according to the study. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "More Kids Are Attempting and Thinking About Suicide, According to a New Study," 16 May 2018 It’s estimated that 7 percent of adolescents with type 1 diabetes have an eating disorder, compared with 2.8 percent of the general adolescent population. Carrie Dennett, The Seattle Times, "It’s a dangerous eating disorder that affects people with diabetes. So why haven’t you heard of it?," 20 Aug. 2018 He was prescribed an anti-psychotic drug as an adolescent and had been hospitalized at least twice for mental illness. Brian Witte, The Seattle Times, "Shooting suspect was able to buy guns despite mental illness," 28 Aug. 2018 Divorce filings from his parents say that as an adolescent he was twice hospitalized in psychiatric facilities and was prescribed antipsychotic and antidepressant medications. Russ Bynum, Fox News, "Gunman 'clearly targeted other gamers' at Florida tournament," 28 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

In January, Orben published a paper asserting that screen time was no stronger a risk factor for adolescent depression than eating potatoes or wearing eyeglasses. Jessica Wapner, SELF, "How Worried Do You Really Need to Be About Your Screen Time?," 7 Feb. 2019 Blakemore breaks down the most up-to-date science on adolescent brain development. Erin Blakemore, Washington Post, "In the teenage brain, rapidly changing circuitry, not just hormones, explains a lot," 13 May 2018 Between four and seven years later, the researchers found, adolescent girls who had moved into more expensive neighborhoods were far less likely to drink to excess than girls who remained in public housing. Susan Pinker, WSJ, "When a Better Neighborhood Is Bad for Boys," 26 Sep. 2018 Treatment programs and adolescent psychiatrists are in short supply, though. Betsy Mckay, WSJ, "Teen Vaping Has Created Addicts With Few Treatment Options," 18 Dec. 2018 As advocates for women’s rights, the change-making women have recently teamed up on philanthropic efforts like Girls Alliance, an initiative that supports the education of adolescent girls around the world. Harleen Sidhu, Teen Vogue, "10 Celebrities on How Serena Williams Inspires Them," 12 Dec. 2018 These relationships ranged from the supportive love of sisters, through the enthusiasms of adolescent girls, to sensual avowals of love by mature women. Sara Petersen, Vox, "Why do we stop giving meaningful gifts to our friends?," 3 Dec. 2018 My adolescent riding career was not without its mishaps. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "Should You Get Your Kid an ATV?," 9 Nov. 2018 The program focused on recruiting government agencies, corporations, and nonprofit organizations to invest in adolescent girls’ education around the globe. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Michelle Obama Is Back and Doing What She Does Best—Standing up for Girls," 11 Oct. 2018

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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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More Definitions for adolescent

adolescent

noun
ad·​o·​les·​cent | \ ˌa-də-ˈle-sᵊnt \

Kids Definition of adolescent

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

adolescent

noun
ad·​o·​les·​cent | \ -ᵊnt \

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

Other Words from adolescent

adolescently adverb

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