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I move between the two: I write an adult novel, and then I write a children's book. I quite enjoy that. It's a nice change of pace each time.
John Boyne

Meaning of "adult" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD ADULT

From Latin adultus, from adolēscere to grow up, from alēscere to grow, from alēre to feed, nourish.
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PRONUNCIATION OF ADULT

adult  [ˈædʌlt] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF ADULT

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Adult can act as a noun and an adjective.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The adjective is the word that accompanies the noun to determine or qualify it.

WHAT DOES ADULT MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Adult

Biologically, an adult is a human being or other organism that has reached sexual maturity. In human context, the term adult additionally has meanings associated with social and legal concepts. In contrast to a "minor", a legal adult is a person who has attained the age of majority and is therefore regarded as independent, self-sufficient, and responsible. Human adulthood encompasses psychological adult development. Definitions of adulthood are often inconsistent and contradictory; a person may be biologically an adult, and have adult behavior but still be treated as a child if they are under the legal age of majority. Conversely, one may legally be an adult but possess none of the maturity and responsibility that may define adult character. An event relating to the oncoming of adulthood is coming of age, which encompasses passing a series of tests to demonstrate that a person is prepared for adulthood, or reaching a specified age, sometimes in conjunction with demonstrating preparation. Most modern societies determine legal adulthood based on reaching a legally specified age without requiring a demonstration of physical maturity or preparation for adulthood.

Definition of adult in the English dictionary

The first definition of adult in the dictionary is having reached maturity; fully developed. Other definition of adult is of or intended for mature people. Adult is also regarded as suitable only for adults, because of being pornographic.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH ADULT


antepenult
ˌæntɪpɪˈnʌlt
catapult
ˈkætəˌpʌlt
consult
kənˈsʌlt
cult
kʌlt
exult
ɪɡˈzʌlt
incult
ɪnˈkʌlt
indult
ɪnˈdʌlt
insult
ɪnˈsʌlt
jurisconsult
ˌdʒʊərɪsˈkɒnsʌlt
kidult
ˈkɪdʌlt
nonadult
ˌnɒnˈædʌlt
occult
ɒˈkʌlt
penult
ˈpɛnʌlt
preadult
ˌpriːəˈdʌlt
reconsult
ˌriːkənˈsʌlt
result
rɪˈzʌlt
subadult
ˌsʌbəˈdʌlt
subcult
ˈsʌbˌkʌlt
tumult
ˈtjuːmʌlt
unadult
ˌʌnəˈdʌlt

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE ADULT

adult education
adult education centre
Adult Training Centre
adulterant
adulterate
adulteration
adulterator
adulterer
adulteress
adulteries
adulterine
adulterise
adulterize
adulterous
adulterously
adultery
adultescent
adulthood
adultly

WORDS THAT END LIKE ADULT

assault
at fault
bank vault
Bidault
by default
consenting adult
default
difficult
end result
fault
Foucault
gault
judgment by default
Perrault
poult
sault
sexual assault
the pole vault
to a fault
vault

Synonyms and antonyms of adult in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «ADULT»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «adult» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of adult

Translation of «adult» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF ADULT

Find out the translation of adult to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of adult from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «adult» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

成年人
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

adulto
570 millions of speakers

English

adult
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

वयस्क
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

بَالِغ
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

взрослый
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

adulto
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

প্রাপ্তবয়স্ক
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

adulte
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Dewasa
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Erwachsener
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

大人
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

성인
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Diwasa
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

người trưởng thành
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

வயது
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

प्रौढ
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

yetişkin
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

adulto
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

dorosły
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

дорослий
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

adult
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

ενήλικος
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

volwasse
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

vuxen
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

voksen
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of adult

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «ADULT»

The term «adult» is very widely used and occupies the 1.920 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «ADULT» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «adult» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «adult» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about adult

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10 QUOTES WITH «ADULT»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word adult.
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Rosecrans Baldwin
The great thing about candy is that it can't be spoiled by the adult world. Candy is innocent. And all Halloween candy pales next to candy corn, if only because candy corn used to appear, like the Great Pumpkin, solely on Halloween.
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Roy Barnes
After all, I have spent the better part of my adult life insisting that government be open... that government be accessible... and that government be held accountable to people who voted us into office.
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Simone de Beauvoir
What is an adult? A child blown up by age.
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John Boyne
I move between the two: I write an adult novel, and then I write a children's book. I quite enjoy that. It's a nice change of pace each time.
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Morgan Brittany
Most child actors go through that. Unless you can transition into an adult star, your career is over.
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Candace Cameron Bure
Once I got my driver's license everybody treated me like I was an adult.
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Kresley Cole
I write what I like to read, and I enjoy love triangles in YA and adult fiction - not to mention in other media like TV, opera, theatre, and even in video games! I relish when dark and compelling characters compete for our protagonist's heart. The doubts, the uncertainty - the jealousy! - can be breathtaking.
8
Jack Davenport
I was a confident, outgoing little boy. If you're an only child, you're living in a very linguistically adult world, and you've got to keep up. So I did. Maybe I was slightly annoying.
9
Ann Demeulemeester
Ann Demeulemeester is an adult brand now, with its own identity and legacy that is able to continue growing without me.
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Adam Driver
I think some of my best theatre training has been in the Marine Corps. Not only meeting a bunch of characters, but growing up. You're in really adult situations at a young age, as far as being in charge of people.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «ADULT»

Discover the use of adult in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to adult and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Fifty Shades of Grey
Romantic, liberating and totally addictive, this is a novel that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you for ever.
E L James, 2012
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Fifty Shades of Grey
Romantic, liberating and totally addictive, Fifty Shades of Grey is available now as an unabridged audiobook.
E. L. James, 2012
3
Fifty Shades of Grey
When Anastasia Steele, a young literature student, interviews wealthy young entrepreneur Christian Grey for her campus magazine, their initial meeting introduces Anastasia to an exciting new world that will change them both forever.
E. L. James, 2011
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Adult Learning Basics
Intended for learning and performance professionals, Adult Learning Basics addresses individual learning competencies, organizational learning climate, and technology-related issues as they affect adult learning in the workplace.
William J. Rothwell, 2008
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Alfred's Basic Adult Piano Course: Lesson Book Level Two
This book begins with an extensive review of the chords and keys previously studied, using fresh and interesting material that will provide enjoyment as well as reinforcement.
Willard A. Palmer, Morton Manus, Amanda Vick Lethco, 1997
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Dimensions of Adult Learning
The book establishes an analytical framework to emphasise the nature of learning and agency of learners; examines the core knowledge and skills that adult educators need; discusses policy, research and history of adult education, and ...
Griff Foley, 2004
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Adult Neurogenesis: Stem Cells and Neuronal Development in ...
This is the first comprehensive, integrated account of one of the most exciting areas of neuroscience.
Gerd Kempermann, 2006
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Adult all-in-one course
The Adult All-In-One Course combines all of the pages from the Lesson Books and selected pages from Alfred's Basic Adult Piano Course Theory, Solo and Technic Books (Finger Aerobics) into each of these concise volumes.
Willard A. Palmer, Morton Manus, Amanda Vick Lethco, 1996
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Adult Children, Adult Choices: Outgrowing Codependency
Adult Children, Adult Choices applies well-documented principles of psychology to help us understand how people can be codependent (and yet not "sick"), as well as how they can stop being adult children and grow into true adulthood.
Mary Ramey, 1992
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Assessing Adolescent and Adult Intelligence
-III Assessing Adolescent and Adult Intelligence, the classic text from Alan Kaufman and Elizabeth Lichtenberger, has consistently provided the most comprehensive source of information on cognitive assessment of adults and adolescents.
Alan S. Kaufman, Elizabeth O. Lichtenberger, 2005

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «ADULT»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term adult is used in the context of the following news items.
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Police: One adult, one child shot in Avondale
CINCINNATI -- Police were called to the scene of a shooting in Avondale Sunday at around 2 p.m. where they said a child and an adult were ... «WCPO, Jul 15»
2
Is it selfish to have an adult-only wedding?
Chaunie Brunie's essay for YourTango, "I Have Kids And I Think It's Selfish To Have An Adult-Only Wedding" has people talking about the topic, ... «Today.com, Jul 15»
3
Amazon as an adult: Two decades of online shopping
Amazon as an adult: Two decades of online shopping. Originally published July 5, 2015 at 10:00 pm Updated July 5, 2015 at 2:56 pm. Jeff Bezos' company ... «The Seattle Times, Jul 15»
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3 children, 1 adult burned by illegal fireworks in Elgin
A woman and three children are recovering Sunday after being burned by illegal fireworks in northwest suburban Elgin, police said. The group ... «WLS-TV, Jul 15»
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Missing adult reported in Camden
Patricia Macri, 63, was reported missing in Camden Saturday, July 4, 2015. Submitted photo. A 63 year old woman from Morgan Village has ... «NJ.com, Jul 15»
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Childhood Trauma Can Lead to Adult Migraines: Study
Experiencing a traumatic event during childhood may raise the risk for migraines as an adult, new Canadian research suggests. "We found the ... «Newsmax, Jul 15»
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Sagepoint adult day program celebrates 30 years
On July 15, 2015, Sagepoint Senior Living Services' Adult Day Program celebrates 30 years serving the citizens of Charles County. Originally ... «Bay Net, Jul 15»
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ADULT BASEBALL: Bits, pieces and other assorted musings
ADULT BASEBALL NOTEBOOK ADULT BASEBALL: Bits, pieces and other assorted musings. Story · Comments. Print: Create a hardcopy of ... «The Intelligencer, Jul 15»
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It can be tricky correcting an adult's grammar
Dear Know: Correcting an adult's grammar is tricky. A lot of people are sensitive and assume the criticism means you think they are stupid. «Huntsville Item, Jul 15»
10
Immigrant children receive adult dose of hepatitis A vaccine at …
SAN ANTONIO – About 250 immigrant children were given an adult dose of a hepatitis A vaccine at a Texas detention facility where they were ... «Fox News, Jul 15»

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