Adjective "adult" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


A person who is fully grown or developed.
  1. 'The years passed as the children grew into adults, left home and came home again when on holidays.'
  2. 'Other children grow into young adults while in foster care and leave to live independently.'
  3. 'Tickets are £5 for adults and £1 for children accompanied by an adult.'
  4. 'Who knew a large powered wheelchair with two 80 watt batteries and a fully grown adult could do so much damage?'
  5. 'It's about two youths and the evolution of their relationship as they grow into adults.'
  6. 'As the surviving children grow up into adults, we must feel eternally grateful that they are here.'
  7. 'Sometimes a young adult who has grown up in a sheltered, relatively conservative environment finds him or herself ready to rebel the moment he or she leaves home.'
  8. 'I had lost my best friend, the girl I had grown into an adult with.'
  9. 'I was a chubby kid who grew into an overweight adult.'
  10. 'It is a bit ironic how all little girls want to do is grow up and all adults want to do is be young again.'
  11. 'The latter possibility is very unlikely, as the animal was an adult.'
  12. 'Two adult bull elephant from the Kruger National Park were released into Addo on the same day, which will provide a much-needed injection into the small gene pool at Addo.'
  13. 'One of the animals was a puppy, but the others were adults, and three were bitches in season.'
  14. 'The four adult and two baby animals will travel down from their home in the Cairngorm mountains of Scotland to pull the sledge, laden with toys, around town.'
  15. 'This measurement is predictive of a healthier insect and an adult with higher egg-producing capacity.'
  16. 'Codling moth adults were observed on several occasions resting on the plastic egg traps.'
  17. 'Not far from Clitheroe I watched an adult and three young birds twisting and turning in the air like skilful pilots doing aerobatics.'
  18. 'John White invented a device, using a laser, to knock out just one cell in a worm, either in a developing animal or an adult.'
  19. 'But these were mouse cells, not human cells, and came from an embryo, not an adult.'
  20. 'After the wasp adult emerges inside the aphid mummy, it cuts a circular hole to exit.'
  21. 'The judgements for adults and children are treated separately in the assessment framework.'
  22. 'The Appellant is now a young adult of 20 years of age.'
  23. 'Were he an adult with a criminal record, it is almost certain he would face a significant period of imprisonment.'


Fully grown or developed.
  1. 'When we were little, he was lanky and awkward - just starting to grow his adult teeth; I was short, bony and shy.'
  2. 'We must also help them to grow up and face adult responsibilities.'
  3. 'The movie pay-per-view business may have a long way to go before it realizes its full potential, but the adult movie sub-sector is growing by leaps and bounds.'
  4. 'With such a reliable food source, the adult populations can grow well above what would normally be possible, putting additional pressure on the ecosystem.'
  5. 'In the 10 years since then, children's fare has grown more sophisticated and adult expectations have diminished, creating a space in the middle where they can all meet.'
  6. 'As the organizations sponsored an increasing number of dances, the number of youth and adult bands quickly grew.'
  7. 'School bullies usually grow up to be adult bullies, so bullies need to be given zero tolerance.'
  8. 'The duck is growing his adult feathers and when I go out to feed him in the morning, he makes a terrible racket when I take his bowl away from him to fill it up.'
  9. 'It is assumed, in these contexts, that normal, fully developed adult human beings are responsible beings.'
  10. 'It was a very great privilege to have been on such intimate terms with a wild creature, to have acted in loco parentis and watched him grow into a handsome adult bird.'
  11. 'adult education'
  12. 'And the manner in which we are adapting to our new multicultural society is now a major issue facing adult learners an education conference in Ennis was also told yesterday.'
  13. 'Formal education and training for adult life assumed differing destinies for boys and for girls and for differing levels in society.'
  14. 'They encourage unity and solidarity among the adult and community education groups in Kildare.'
  15. 'The provincial Department of Education is offering adult learners two different exam times this year.'
  16. 'The association hoped to increase awareness of the lack of adult sex education and resources on the subject, Cheng said.'
  17. 'The school wishes to plan for the future and to respond to the needs of the community in regard to adult and continuing education.'
  18. 'Turning to adult basic education and training exams, the council found there had been an improvement in quality.'
  19. 'There is a lack of good evidence of effectiveness of safety education for adult pedestrians, specially elderly people.'
  20. 'Consider your personal financial situation; you start your adult life with some education and usually not much else.'
  21. 'The two foremost external barriers to adult enrollment in higher education are limited time and limited funds.'
  22. 'Mature, adult comprehension can lead us all to see that there are some very intelligent and worthy of praise men out there.'
  23. 'A better man than me might have talked to her about it, might have resolved it in a mature, adult fashion.'
  24. 'There was something definitely more adult and mature about her best friend and for a moment, a feeling of intense resentment welled up within her.'
  25. 'On some rare occasions, Andrew would take his younger brother along for an adventure that to Aaron seemed very adult and mature.'
  26. 'So when you get something that is for a mature adult audience, it's sort of a relief.'
  27. 'It's a very mature, adult role, which to me, is what Norman is really like in person.'
  28. 'He points out that mainstream films will only be given a rating such as PG or R, but will not be subject to approval by the board like adult sex films are.'
  29. 'It's not really an adult film, even though it has some slight sexual references, and some scenes involving drugs.'
  30. 'We also assessed the availability of products that could be used as educational or therapeutic products, such as adult magazines, books, and videos.'
  31. 'This X-rated adult book concerns the battle between good and evil.'
  32. 'A couple of adult film producers based in California are being prosecuted in Pittsburgh by U.S. Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan.'
  33. 'It used to be that the studio producing an adult film would carry that information at their studio.'
  34. 'The accounts will confirm the sale in March of Desmond's adult magazine stable.'
  35. 'It turned out the lawyers were referring to dozens of adult magazines seized from his home.'
  36. 'Dietz and Sears examined books, magazines, and films in adult bookstores in four cities.'


Behave in a way characteristic of a responsible adult, especially by accomplishing mundane but necessary tasks.
  1. 'I am 24 and still trying to figure out how to adult'


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. noun

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.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be adult before things."

"people can be adult for purposes."

"kinds can be adult to wants."

"educations can be adult."

"lives can be adult."

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Mid 16th century: from Latin adultus, past participle of adolescere ‘grow to maturity’ (see adolescent).