Definition of 'adult'
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This matter has in effect plagued me my entire adult life. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Two in three adults are now overweight or obese. The Sun (2016)Be firm that they must find somewhere else to live unless they behave like responsible adults. The Sun (2017)These pressures have fuelled an exodus of young adults moving abroad. Times, Sunday Times (2017)This is an adult person and a person who has spent many years organising beauty contests. Times, Sunday Times (2017) One in ten adults say they would move home if it looked like their property was haunted. The Sun (2016)As only some people will need adult social care, it has been tempting for ministers to let the care system slip. Times, Sunday Times (2016)So be a mature, respectful adult and do the decent thing: decant it into a dark bottle that looks like a soft drink. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Virtually his entire adult life was spent away from home extending the empire. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Your daughter is an adult now and responsible for shaping her own life. The Sun (2010)Watch the way the adults act and the way they treat their son. Christianity Today (2000)These adults are any people in our young life who take on the parental role. Why Am I Afraid to be Assertive? (1994)The research also looked at the ages by which adults felt they had mastered different dishes. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Yet there is sufficient width for two adults pushing their bikes to pass in opposite directions. Times, Sunday Times (2006)It was also unashamedly aimed at an adult audience. The Sun (2008)If you treat them as adults they will usually behave in a mature and adult manner. Working with Teenagers (1994)We fitted in some more adult time too. The Sun (2011)You need to be the adult in this situation. The Sun (2014)They freed the comic format from childish preoccupations and made it fit for intelligent adults. Times, Sunday Times (2009)The trauma of abuse continued into her adult life. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Universities need to go further to help students to grow into responsible adults and employees. Times, Sunday Times (2015)This is recognised in an adult way as politically and socially necessary. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Or played too many adult movies. Times, Sunday Times (2012)
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Translations for 'adult'
British English: adult /ˈædʌlt; əˈdʌlt/ NOUN
An adult is a mature, fully developed person. An adult has reached the age when they are legally responsible for their actions.
Becoming a father signified that he was now an adult.
- American English: adult
- Arabic: بَالِغ mature
- Brazilian Portuguese: adulto
- Chinese: 成年人
- Croatian: odrasla osoba
- Czech: dospělý muž
- Danish: voksen
- Dutch: volwassene
- European Spanish: adulto
- Finnish: aikuinen
- French: adulte
- German: Erwachsener
- Greek: ενήλικος
- Italian: adulto
- Japanese: 大人
- Korean: 성인
- Norwegian: voksen
- Polish: dorosły
- European Portuguese: adulto
- Romanian: adult
- Russian: взрослый
- Spanish: adulto
- Swedish: vuxen
- Thai: ผู้ใหญ่
- Turkish: yetişkin
- Ukrainian: дорослий
- Vietnamese: người trưởng thành
British English: adult ADJECTIVE
Adult means relating to the time when you are an adult, or typical of adult people.
I've lived most of my adult life in this town.
Definition of adult from the Collins English Dictionary
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