Definition of adolescent in English:

adolescent

adjective

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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Healthy development for early adolescent girls is defined by these tasks.’
    • ‘Screening to detect problem drinking is recommended in all adult and adolescent patients.’
    • ‘Dietary supplement use is a well-documented practice among adult and adolescent athletes.’
    • ‘Thanks to the flashbulbs of photographers and the screaming of adolescent girls, the atmosphere was more like a pop concert than a sporting event.’
    • ‘It seemed logical to develop a companion model of adolescent boys' sexual health.’
    • ‘This is a fun book for adults, and a perfect one for adolescent girls.’
    • ‘Fully developed adolescent boys tend to be stronger and larger than adolescent girls.’
    • ‘My daughter lives in Maine, and she runs a wilderness program for adolescent girls in trouble.’
    • ‘Pregnancy and child bearing occur before adolescent girls are fully developed, exposing them to great health risks.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Many people worldwide, usually adolescent boys, have had their lives completely taken over by computer games.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And it is a traditional coming-of-age story, the struggle of an adolescent girl to find her voice.’
    • ‘O'Connell has created a tale that appeals to many adolescent girls.’
    • ‘In more recent work, Gilligan focuses on the moral development of adolescent girls.’
    • ‘For example, the author suggests that an adolescent girl's self esteem is an internal biological process.’
    teenage, teenaged, pubescent, youthful, young, juvenile
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    1. 1.1Relating to or characteristic of adolescence.
      ‘his adolescent years’
      ‘adolescent problems’
      • ‘Creating a show specifically for teenagers, Irvine and Mcleary decided to capitalise on the adolescent obsession with the gothic.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘The young malamute can pass through an adolescent stage where it attempts to assert itself by growling.’
      • ‘Aside from the teenage pregnancy strategy, few public health initiatives focus on adolescent health.’
      • ‘Do tapered jeans, legwarmers, unicorns and green mascara remind you of your adolescent years?’
      • ‘Indeed, the early autonomy for the young child of divorce may preclude adolescent individuation.’
      • ‘The adolescent and teenage birth rate has fallen by nearly half since 1992.’
      • ‘They are attracted to each other because of raging hormones that are present especially during your teenage and adolescent years.’
      • ‘You can feel that special, adolescent magnetism that comes from two alienated teenagers.’
      • ‘Teenagers should be told explicitly about the pitfalls of adolescent sex.’
      • ‘However the first movie was adolescent nonsense, lacking in both characterisation and narrative.’
      • ‘In pygmies, this adolescent growth spurt does not occur, hence their characteristic short stature.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The nubile young lead, Adela, is played with convincing adolescent frustration by Isabel Claffey in her Abbey debut.’
      • ‘Both parents help feed the young during the long adolescent period.’
      • ‘Consequently, it is easy to forget the adolescent emotional turmoil that embroils the youngest ones.’

noun

  • An adolescent boy or girl.

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

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.

Pronunciation:

adolescent

/ˌadəˈles(ə)nt/