Definition of adolescent in English:


Syllabification: ad·o·les·cent
Pronunciation: /ˌadlˈesənt


  • 1(Of a young person) in the process of developing from a child into an adult.
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    • Pregnancy and child bearing occur before adolescent girls are fully developed, exposing them to great health risks.
    • Dietary supplement use is a well-documented practice among adult and adolescent athletes.
    • Screening to detect problem drinking is recommended in all adult and adolescent patients.
    teenage, pubescent, young; juvenile
    informal teen
  • 1.1Relating to or characteristic of adolescence: his adolescent years adolescent problems
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    • To do this they must take into account the characteristics of adolescent behaviour.
    • They speak in an almost matter-of-fact way, recounting the catalogue of bad behaviour that has characterised the adolescent years for Alan.
    • Is it not hard enough to manage these oversized automobiles around the city without the yelling of voices and pushing of adolescent teens?


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late Middle English (as a noun): via French from Latin adolescent- 'coming to maturity', from adolescere, from ad- 'to' + alescere 'grow, grow up', from alere 'nourish'. The adjective dates from the late 18th century.

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