adult·​ing ə-ˈdəl-tiŋ How to pronounce adulting (audio)
: the act or practice of attending to the ordinary tasks required of a responsible adult
… between work, kids, and general adulting, we don't always have a ton of time to make dinner …Justina Huddleston
One of the biggest steps a young person can take toward successful adulting is to look past the short-term of today and begin to plan further out.Mark C. Perna
Hosting a dinner party or get-together can be daunting—especially for young adults hosting for the first time, and even for those with years of adulting experience following a two-year hiatus.PR Newswire
Adult became adulting as a generation entered that period feeling somewhat unprepared, wanting to express that maturity means not only reaching a certain point in your life, but also attending to the concomitant tasks.Caleb Madison

Examples of adulting in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Under that definition, who’d want to do any adulting at all? Claire Cohen, Vogue, 15 Jan. 2023 But it was built around an exploration of adulting, and the video received tens of millions of views. Matt Stevens, New York Times, 9 Aug. 2023 There wasn’t much room for making mistakes in this version of adulting—which is, of course, the only way to become truly adult. Claire Cohen, Vogue, 15 Jan. 2023 After a long day of adulting, a Shakti acupressure mat can help relax your body. Elizabeth Ayoola, Essence, 6 May 2022 But when my daughter arrived, my free time evaporated in a manic fugue of playdates, pediatrician visits, and the competitive adulting of Brooklyn parenthood. Tom Vanderbilt, Wired, 19 Oct. 2020 Whole Foods is hoping the lessons will help viewers build serious adulting skills while also shopping for more Whole Foods store brand products. Meena Thiruvengadam, Travel + Leisure, 10 Aug. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

2013, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of adulting was in 2013

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Cite this Entry

“Adulting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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