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adult

a·dult

adult

 
pronunciation:
duhlt
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: having grown to maturity.
The dog we adopted is an adult male.This locker room is for adult females; girls have a separate locker room.
 
synonyms:
grown, mature, ripe
antonyms:
immature, juvenile, young
similar words:
big, developed, grown-up
definition 2: of or relating to adults.
adult conversationadult educationadult behavior
synonyms:
grown-up, mature
antonyms:
childish, infantile, juvenile, minor
similar words:
big
definition 3: suitable only for adults.
adult films
similar words:
grown-up, restricted, X-rated
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a person who is fully grown and mature.
The adults sat around the table talking while the children played.As an adult, she overcame her fear of public speaking.
synonyms:
grownup
antonyms:
child, juvenile
similar words:
man, woman
definition 2: a mature animal or plant.
The farmer put the plants into two groups: seedlings and adults.
definition 3: a person who is considered legally responsible.
As an adult, she can enter into a legal contract.At age twenty-one, he will be transferred to a prison for adults.
antonyms:
juvenile, minor
derivation: adulthood (n.)
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Word Parts
The word adult contains the following part:
-hood Old English noun-forming suffix that means 1. state, condition; 2.the whole group of