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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun On Thursday, top health officials in the Trump administration reiterated warnings against marijuana use by adolescents and pregnant women, emphasizing the increasing potency of the drug. Matthew Perrone, chicagotribune.com, "More vaping illnesses reported, many involving marijuana," 5 Sep. 2019 Officials said earlier this week that many patients, most of whom were adolescents or young adults, had described difficulty breathing, chest pain, vomiting and fatigue. Matt Richtel, New York Times, "First Death in a Spate of Vaping Sicknesses Reported by Health Officials," 23 Aug. 2019 In addition to the recent rash of hospitalizations, physicians are also worried about the long-term effects of the vaping trend among adolescents. Kate Thayer, chicagotribune.com, "After a 6th death related to a mystery vaping illness, here are 5 things to know about the e-cigarette trend and the current health scare," 11 Sep. 2019 In the United States, the percentage of obese children and adolescents has more than tripled since the 1970s, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Laura Reiley, Twin Cities, "It doesn’t matter if it’s sugary or diet: New study links all soda to an early death," 5 Sep. 2019 An increase in hospitalizations among adolescents in Illinois may be linked to vaping, state health officials recently announced. Fox News, "Vaping among Illinois teens possibly tied to increase in hospitalizations, health officials say," 14 Aug. 2019 Cigarette use among adolescents has declined dramatically over the past twenty years, but the number of teens vaping has seen a sharp rise recently. Russell Blair, courant.com, "Capitol Week in Review: Plastic bag tax and a Bridgeport casino," 2 Aug. 2019 Not that common, but not that rare A doctor who co-authored a 2009 study of fainting among adolescents found that of more than 1,500 kids who fainted over a nine-year period, 111 of them had a hair-grooming trigger determined as a cause. Sonja Haller, USA TODAY, "Woman warns of rare condition after child's scary reaction to hair curling: 'Look it up'," 19 July 2019 Unintentional causes — those not including suicide or homicide — comprised 26% of all firearm deaths among children ages 1 to 9, and 3% among adolescents ages 10 to 19. Colleen Shalby, latimes.com, "A 12-year-old accidentally shot and killed his twin, police say. Their mother is in custody," 26 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective This week an organist who had been in charge of music at two cathedrals, Ely and then Rochester, was sentenced to five years in jail for grooming and abusing adolescent boys. Rochester, The Economist, "English cathedrals attract the devout, the dotty and darker forces," 16 Aug. 2019 The story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents’ cliff-side mansion on the Italian Riviera. Sangeeta Singh-kurtz, Quartzy, "Picking a “destination novel” is the secret to great summer reading," 4 July 2019 At the very least, the tech angle helps explain why an adolescent boy named Andy (Gabriel Bateman), who’s notably a few years older than his 1988 counterpart, would want to play with such a doll in the first place. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Controversial ‘Child’s Play’ remake is creepy fun before it malfunctions," 20 June 2019 Big: The Musical Berkeley Playhouse presents the musical stage adaption of the hit film about an adolescent boy who is enchanted and wakes up as a full-grown man. 7 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 1 p.m. Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. SFChronicle.com, "Theater listings," 18 June 2019 Sure, nicotine is harmful even when it isn’t smoked: vaping nicotine is still highly addictive, can harm the development of adolescent brains, and can even cause seizures. Sara Harrison, WIRED, "Vaping May Harm Your Blood Flow—Even Without Nicotine," 20 Aug. 2019 Nicotine found in most vaping products can harm development the adolescent brain, the CDC said, impacting areas that control attention, learning, mood and impulse control. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, "CDC investigates link between vaping, mysterious illness; cases reported in 15 states," 19 Aug. 2019 Rubinstein is known for his work on the dangers nicotine poses to the adolescent brain. Bonnie Halpern-felsher, Twin Cities, "Bonnie Halpern-Felsher: Call this youth crisis what it is: A Juuling epidemic," 19 Aug. 2019 The city, which is also called Londonderry by unionists who want the region to remain part of the United Kingdom, was a unique maelstrom of sectarian violence and adolescent angst in the 1990s. Alice Jones, New York Times, "In ‘Derry Girls,’ the Lighter Side of Life in a Conflict Zone," 31 July 2019

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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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The first known use of adolescent was in the 15th century

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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

Other Words from adolescent

adolescently adverb

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