meaning of adolescent

adolescent meaning in General Dictionary

A youth

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  • Developing advancing from youth to readiness
  • relating to or peculiar to or suggestive of an adolescent
  • displaying or recommending too little readiness
  • being associated with age 13 through 19
  • in state of development between puberty and readiness
  • a juvenile between your start of puberty and readiness
  • Growing; advancing from childhood to readiness.
  • A youth.

adolescent meaning in Etymology Dictionary

mid-15c., "youth, child," from Middle French adolescent (15c.) or right from Latin adolescentem (nominative adolescens) "growing, near maturity, youthful," present participle of adolescere "grow up, visited maturity, ripen," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + alescere "be nourished," hence, "increase, mature," inchoative of alere "to nourish" (see old). Adolesce ended up being a back-formed verb used early 20c. by H.G. Wells, G.B. Shaw, Louis MacNeice, nonetheless it seems to not have taken.

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  • 1785, from Latin adolescentem (nominative adolescens) "growing, near readiness, youthful," current participle of adolescere "grow up, visited maturity, ripen" (see adolescent (n.)).

adolescent - French to English

adolescent

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  • teenager
  • teenage [attr.]
  • adolescent

adolescent meaning in General Dictionary

(a.) Developing; advancing from childhood to readiness.

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  • (n.) A youth.

Sentence Examples with the word adolescent

Here it develops into a larval, or rather an adolescent form.

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