Definition of adolescent in English:



  • 1(of a young person) in the process of developing from a child into an adult.

    ‘many parents find it hard to understand their adolescent children’
    • ‘In more recent work, Gilligan focuses on the moral development of adolescent girls.’
    • ‘Last year an American study found that 97 per cent of adolescent girls believe that women should be paid equally.’
    • ‘Theories about the emotional and moral development of adolescent girls are then presented.’
    • ‘For example, the author suggests that an adolescent girl's self esteem is an internal biological process.’
    • ‘This is a fun book for adults, and a perfect one for adolescent girls.’
    • ‘Healthy development for early adolescent girls is defined by these tasks.’
    • ‘Dietary supplement use is a well-documented practice among adult and adolescent athletes.’
    • ‘O'Connell has created a tale that appeals to many adolescent girls.’
    • ‘Mounting their own protest of sorts, wealthy adolescent girls will insist on buying their clothes secondhand.’
    • ‘He knew of an adolescent girl who had been brought on three weekends to the hospital in Tullamore by gardaí who had found her wandering aimlessly.’
    • ‘It seemed logical to develop a companion model of adolescent boys' sexual health.’
    • ‘And it is a traditional coming-of-age story, the struggle of an adolescent girl to find her voice.’
    • ‘Pregnancy and child bearing occur before adolescent girls are fully developed, exposing them to great health risks.’
    • ‘My daughter lives in Maine, and she runs a wilderness program for adolescent girls in trouble.’
    • ‘Screening to detect problem drinking is recommended in all adult and adolescent patients.’
    • ‘Fully developed adolescent boys tend to be stronger and larger than adolescent girls.’
    • ‘The people who are at risk for inadequate iron would be young infants, adolescent girls, and women of childbearing age.’
    • ‘I learned how to negotiate fights between adolescent girls without making it seem like parental interference.’
    • ‘Many people worldwide, usually adolescent boys, have had their lives completely taken over by computer games.’
    • ‘Thanks to the flashbulbs of photographers and the screaming of adolescent girls, the atmosphere was more like a pop concert than a sporting event.’
    teenage, teenaged, pubescent, youthful, young, juvenile
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    1. 1.1Relating to or characteristic of adolescence.
      ‘his adolescent years’
      ‘adolescent problems’
      • ‘They are attracted to each other because of raging hormones that are present especially during your teenage and adolescent years.’
      • ‘Consequently, it is easy to forget the adolescent emotional turmoil that embroils the youngest ones.’
      • ‘Creating a show specifically for teenagers, Irvine and Mcleary decided to capitalise on the adolescent obsession with the gothic.’
      • ‘The adolescent and teenage birth rate has fallen by nearly half since 1992.’
      • ‘In pygmies, this adolescent growth spurt does not occur, hence their characteristic short stature.’
      • ‘Both parents help feed the young during the long adolescent period.’
      • ‘The nubile young lead, Adela, is played with convincing adolescent frustration by Isabel Claffey in her Abbey debut.’
      • ‘To do this they must take into account the characteristics of adolescent behaviour.’
      • ‘Aside from the teenage pregnancy strategy, few public health initiatives focus on adolescent health.’
      • ‘You can feel that special, adolescent magnetism that comes from two alienated teenagers.’
      • ‘Indeed, the early autonomy for the young child of divorce may preclude adolescent individuation.’
      • ‘They speak in an almost matter-of-fact way, recounting the catalogue of bad behaviour that has characterised the adolescent years for Alan.’
      • ‘Soon, he could hear adolescent voices: most likely two younger guys and two girls.’
      • ‘Is it not hard enough to manage these oversized automobiles around the city without the yelling of voices and pushing of adolescent teens?’
      • ‘Teenagers should be told explicitly about the pitfalls of adolescent sex.’
      • ‘However the first movie was adolescent nonsense, lacking in both characterisation and narrative.’
      • ‘Both young women are experiencing adolescent discontents at the beginning of the ballet.’
      • ‘Almost right away, as the adolescent pair sat down, a tall and skinny teenage waitress was there to take their order.’
      • ‘The young malamute can pass through an adolescent stage where it attempts to assert itself by growling.’
      • ‘Do tapered jeans, legwarmers, unicorns and green mascara remind you of your adolescent years?’
      immature, childish, babyish, infantile, juvenile, puerile, jejune, inane, silly, fatuous
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  • An adolescent boy or girl.

    ‘the books are aimed at children and adolescents’
    • ‘Some young girls, dressed as choir boys joked and held each other like the adolescents they were.’
    • ‘Dorothy works with adolescents and teens, as well as adults and couples on a wide range of issues.’
    • ‘It expects two things of adolescents: that they achieve academically and are law-abiding.’
    • ‘At this time also adolescents begin to think hypothetically and abstractly.’
    • ‘Children, adolescents, parents and teachers should be made aware of this problem.’
    • ‘Signs of malnutrition are on the increase, especially among children and adolescents.’
    • ‘She draws a metaphor for how this is contrary to her work with children and adolescents.’
    • ‘In almost all situations adolescents are both children and adults at the same time.’
    • ‘The standard of behaviour, especially that of young adolescents, has become a matter of concern.’
    • ‘The youth workers are employed to assist and help adolescents and teenagers.’
    • ‘How can the legal system and courts better meet the needs of children and adolescents?’
    • ‘Fantasy is not the only genre that young adolescents show a preference for as readers.’
    • ‘Are adolescents really any more troubled or troubling than before?’
    • ‘I had worked with adolescents before, but this was a completely different experience.’
    • ‘The adolescents that applied to the school were hoping to mimic Trevi's rise to fame.’
    • ‘For those children and adolescents newly presenting with depression the situation is different.’
    • ‘The two boys first met at preschool, but it is as adolescents that they meet again.’
    • ‘There has been a lot of change in the pattern of life that adolescents follow now.’
    • ‘No one discusses health issues pertaining to adolescents in the villages and the girls have no one to turn to.’
    • ‘Does the government see adolescents and youth as a cohesive group that needs separate attention?’
    teenager, youngster, young person, young adult, young man, young woman, young lady, young one, youth, juvenile, minor
    schoolboy, schoolgirl, boy, girl, lad, lass, stripling, fledgling, whippersnapper
    teen, teenybopper, kid, young 'un, shaver
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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.