adult

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

French adulte, Latin adultus ‎(grown up), perfect passive participle of adolescō ‎(I grow up). Compare adolescent.

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Noun[edit]

adult ‎(plural adults)

  1. A fully grown human or animal.
  2. A human who has reached the legal age of majority.

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Adjective[edit]

adult ‎(comparative more adult, superlative most adult)

  1. Fully grown.
    an adult human, animal, or plant
  2. Intended for or restricted to adults rather than children.
    adult clothes
  3. Containing material of an explicit sexual nature
    adult content
    an adult movie

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Verb[edit]

adult ‎(third-person singular simple present adults, present participle adulting, simple past and past participle adulted)

  1. (nonstandard, rare) To (cause to) be or become an adult.
    • 1974, Occasional Papers (Syracuse University), issues 42-46, page 5:
      Womanhood was achieved at twenty-one, when the female was "adulted"; manhood was fully achieved at twenty-five, []
    • 2013, Kelly Williams Brown, Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps
    • 2013, Ewa Rewers, The Contradictions of Urban Art (ISBN 364390374X), page 84:
      The process of adulting children, []
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see Citations:adult.

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Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

French adulte, Latin adultus. See above.

Adjective[edit]

adult 4 nom/acc forms

  1. adult

Declension[edit]

singular plural
masculine & neuter feminine masculine feminine & neuter
adult adultă adulți adulte

Noun[edit]

adult m (plural adulțifeminine equivalent adultă)

  1. adult

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