Verb adult Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:

(nonstandard, rare) To (cause to) be or become an adult.

More definition:

1.having attained full size and strength; grown up; mature, an adult person, animal, or plant.

2.of, relating to, or befitting adults.

3.intended for adults; not suitable for children, adult entertainment.

4.a person who is fully grown or developed or of age.

5.a full-grown animal or plant.

6.a person who has attained the age of maturity as specified by law.

1. having reached maturity; fully developed

2. of or intended for mature people, adult education

3. regarded as suitable only for adults, because of being pornographic, adult films and magazines noun

4. a person who has attained maturity; a grownup

5. a mature fully grown animal or plant

6. (law) a person who has attained the age of legal majority (18 years for most purposes) Compare infant Derived Formsadulthood, noun Word OriginC16, from Latin adultus, from adolēscere to grow up, from alēscere to grow, from alēre to feed, nourishCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
1530s (but not common until mid-17c.), from Latin adultus "grown up, mature, adult, ripe," past participle of adolescere "grow up, mature" (see adolescent). As a euphemism for "pornographic," it dates to 1958 and does no honor to the word.
"adult person," 1650s, from adult (adj.).


I'd never killed an adult before tonight but he deserved to die.

Just as she saw the adult in him, she saw his tension.

Soul power rippled through him and with it, the sensation of the invisible shackles he'd worn his entire adult life melting away.

I.m an adult, and so is he.

As a warrior who spent his adult life at battle, he wasn't really keen on how to comfort a woman who had seen three things she'd likely never witnessed before in the span of five minutes.

Kris heard what Kiki didn't say, that only Andre had been able to keep the Council together after their father's death.  The six headstrong brothers of the Council That Was Seven had respected Andre, who was an adult when the rest of the brothers were born.

Who's the adult here?

During this stage the cuticle draws away from the imaginal cuticle which is forming beneath, ultimately becoming separated as a thin transparent pellicle through which the form of the adult can be seen.

In the adult the dentition (fig.

Children seldom have any difficulty in understanding her; which suggests that her deliberate measured speech is like theirs, before they come to the adult trick of running all the words of a phrase into one movement of the breath.

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