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

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

What Stewart is seeing on his campus in Rhode Island is part a dramatic shift happening across America: E-cigarettes have quietly eclipsed cigarette smoking among adolescents. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Juul, the vape device teens are getting hooked on, explained," 18 May 2018 The high school was opened with the help of Montessori Development Partners (MDP) 2012 as part of an effort to expand Montessori programs for adolescents. Rachel Dissell, cleveland.com, "Montessori High School at University Circle slated to close," 10 May 2018 When the Good Shepherd residential treatment center for adolescents in Baltimore County was shut down last year, some artwork got left behind. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, "The art left behind: At shuttered Baltimore County youth group home, colorful murals remain," 8 Mar. 2018 Some of the latest data, from 2015-’16, shows 10 percent of children and adolescents ages 4 to 17 were diagnosed with ADHD in the US. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Kids who start kindergarten young are more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD," 17 Dec. 2018 The 2015-2016 survey included data on 18,107 children and adolescents ages 4 to 17. Fox News, "ADHD diagnoses may be rising in US," 31 Aug. 2018 Scoliosis is a common spinal condition often found in children and adolescents. Dr. Carolyn Kienstra And Dr. Alicia Morrisson, miamiherald, "Scoliosis a common condition that could require medical care," 12 June 2018 His worried parents took him to Seattle Children’s Hospital, which has a psychiatric unit for children and adolescents. NBC News, "Why this family blames mental health system for teen's suicide," 23 Apr. 2018 This new two-part special looks back at the Nazis' indoctrination of young children and adolescents in pre-WWII Germany, as well as Allied efforts to reverse that indoctrination after the war ended. Matt Cooper, latimes.com, "Tuesday's TV highlights: 'Civilizations' and more," 17 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

What transpires is a night of adolescent debauchery straight out of Superbad. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Olivia Wilde’s New Movie Looks Like the Female Superbad—and People Are Thrilled," 11 Mar. 2019 Dan Weiner, a child and adolescent psychotherapist in West Hartford, says for a variety of reasons, our culture increasingly reinforces the expectation of immediate gratification. Teresa M. Pelham, courant.com, "Being Grateful In The Face Of Privilege," 17 Mar. 2018 But underneath all the masturbating with pastry and accidentally ingested semen cocktails, there’s real sentiment to the adolescent boys trying to find their way with women, and vice versa. Vogue, "The 55 Best Romantic Comedies of All Time," 1 Feb. 2019 Christian agreed to go to detox for his drug use, then later moved to a house for adolescent boys run by Juconi. Robbie Whelan, WSJ, "Mexico’s New Focus to Stem Violent Culture: Children," 26 Jan. 2019 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

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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

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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