- 1A person who is fully grown or developed: children should be accompanied by an adultMore example sentences
- The years passed as the children grew into adults, left home and came home again when on holidays.
- It's about two youths and the evolution of their relationship as they grow into adults.
- How can something so small require the undivided attention of two grown adults and still not be satisfied?
- 1.1A fully developed animal.More example sentences
- John White invented a device, using a laser, to knock out just one cell in a worm, either in a developing animal or an adult.
- The latter possibility is very unlikely, as the animal was an adult.
- The four adult and two baby animals will travel down from their home in the Cairngorm mountains of Scotland to pull the sledge, laden with toys, around town.
- 1.2 Law A person who has reached the age of majority.More example sentences
- It also discussed the current position, whereby the consent of an adult with parental responsibility will be valid even when the child is able to give a valid consent but refuses to do so.
- Were he an adult with a criminal record, it is almost certain he would face a significant period of imprisonment.
- The Appellant is now a young adult of 20 years of age.
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- 1Fully grown or developed: an adult womanMore example sentences
- It is assumed, in these contexts, that normal, fully developed adult human beings are responsible beings.
- Most animals are developmentally programmed to grow to a characteristic adult size.
- In the 10 years since then, children's fare has grown more sophisticated and adult expectations have diminished, creating a space in the middle where they can all meet.
- 1.1Of or for adult people: adult educationMore example sentences
- With no education or adult help, this is a daunting task.
- The children will devise, plan and implement a programme to get adult relatives back into education.
- Teenage mothers often face daunting obstacles to completing their education and achieving adult independence.
- 1.2Emotionally and mentally mature: an effort to be adult and civilizedMore example sentences
- ‘He is determined to turn his life around and deal with matters in a more responsible, mature and adult way,’ Mr Jones said.
- And he should be adult enough and mature enough and experienced enough to understand it.
- Mature, adult comprehension can lead us all to see that there are some very intelligent and worthy of praise men out there.
- 1.3Suitable only for adults (used euphemistically to refer to a sexually explicit film, book, or magazine).More example sentences
sexually explicit, obscene, pornographic, hard-core, soft-core, lewd, smutty, dirty, filthy, vulgar, crude, rude, racy, risqué, ribald, naughty, arousing, earthy, Rabelaisian, erotic, carnal, sensual, sexy, suggestive, titillating, spicy, raw, taboo, off colour, indecent, improperNorth American • informal gamy
- It turned out the lawyers were referring to dozens of adult magazines seized from his home.
- We also assessed the availability of products that could be used as educational or therapeutic products, such as adult magazines, books, and videos.
- Dietz and Sears examined books, magazines, and films in adult bookstores in four cities.
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- The distinction between childhood and early adulthood has also blurred.
- Music nurtured them as they grew up and they want to keep making music as they continue into adulthood.
- But it is less well known that it often continues to affect sufferers throughout adulthood.
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- Now that I'm all grown up, I have indulged both Mathra and myself in some adultly decadent hot chocolate.
- His widely opened eyes, once cheerful were adultly profound and wise.
- It has grown a classic literary and graphic work over the last thirty years, due to the childishly naive, yet adultly irrational outlook of the writer and the illustrator.
mid 16th century: from Latin adultus, past participle of adolescere 'grow to maturity' (see adolescent).