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Comparison of usage frequency between the noun adult and its most common antonym:


The word adult and its family (adulthood, adults) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the noun adult

What does adult mean as a name of something?

Adult is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: adults

  1. a fully developed person from maturity onward
  2. any mature animal

Alternative definition of the noun adult


  1. A fully grown human or animal.
  2. A person who lives outside the parental home.
  3. (improper usage) A person whose parents are deceased.

Definition of the adjective adult

What does adult mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: more adult / most adult

  1. (of animals) fully developed
  2. designed to arouse lust

Alternative definition of the adjective adult


  1. Of a human or animal, fully grown.
  2. Intended for adults rather than children.
  3. Containing material or concerning subjects unsuitable (especially sexually) for children


  1. Adult: ADULT. is an American band from Detroit, Michigan that integrates vocals with drum machines, analog synths and electronic/punk elements. While popular in their home city of Detroit, they are also very popular in Germany and the United Kingdom.
  2. adult a.k.a. Traudl Kulikowski is an actress.


Adult a.k.a. Angelo Torancelli is a fictional character from the 2008 film Miracle at St. Anna.


"Adult", a.k.a. Otona is the second studio album by Japanese alternative rock band Tokyo Jihen, released on January 25, 2006 in Japan through Toshiba EMI/ Virgin Music. The album was produced by the band and Japanese recording engineer Uni Inoue. The album reached number one on the Oricon Weekly Album Chart on February 6, 2006.


ADULT is an Aviation waypoint.


Adult a.k.a. Pornographic film: Pornographic films or sex films are films that present sexually explicit subject matter for the purpose of sexual arousal and erotic satisfaction of the viewer. Pornographic films present sexual fantasies and usually include erotically stimulating material such as nudity. A distinction is often made between erotic films and pornographic films on the basis that the latter contain more explicit sexuality and usually do not claim any artistic merit, or aesthetic appeal.

Phrases with Adult

  1. adult body
  2. adult male
  3. Adult Movie
  4. adult tooth
  5. adult female
  6. Adult Content
  7. adult education
  8. adult male body
  9. adult female body
  10. adult intelligence
  11. adult-onset diabetes
  12. Adult Third Culture Kid
  13. Adult Third Culture Kids
  14. adult-onset diabetes mellitus
  15. adult respiratory distress syndrome
  16. Young Adult

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Adult

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Google previewCreating a Prodigal-Friendly Church (2009)

by Jeff Lucas

Being adult means that we have rejected our fairytale notions of being grown up and have embraced process and weakness as part of our ongoing lives. Members of a prodigalfriendly church will both accept one another as sinners and ...

Google previewOxford Picture Dictionary Monolingual (American English) dictionary for teenage and adult students (2015)

Oxford Picture Dictionary Monolingual (American English) dictionary by Jayme Adelson-Goldstein, Norma Shapiro

Diaz, Hillsborough County Public Schools, Tampa, FL Marion Donahue, San Dieguito Adult School, Encinitas, CA Nick Doorn, International Education Services, South Lyon, MI Mercedes Douglass, Seminole Community College, Sanford, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Information Communication Technologies and Adult Education Integration (2010)

by Wang, Victor C. X.

Historically, adult education was rooted in a variety of social movements. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the adult education movements responded to social and economic needs— Mechanics Institutes in Australia, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Distance Learning, Second Edition (2009)

by Rogers, Patricia L.

Online adult learners are motivated by engaging tasks and activities as they participate invalued tasks and avoid non-valued tasks. Sass (1989) found that approachable, friendly and enthusiastic instructors; the use of a variety of instructional ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Elder Care (2007)

The Comprehensive Resource on Geriatric and Social Care, Second Edition by Eugenia L. Siegler, MD, FACP, Elizabeth Capezuti, PhD, RN, FAAN, Mathy Mezey, EdD, RN, FAAN

are made to adult protective service units, which are housed in state or local departments of social services or aging services. Because identification and reporting of elder abuse are crucial in initiating treatment, family members, caregivers, ...

Google previewRoutledge International Encyclopedia of Women (2004)

Global Women's Issues and Knowledge by Cheris Kramarae, Dale Spender

Chris Mann EDUCATION: Adult and Continuing Adult ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Human Resources Information Systems: Challenges in e-HRM (2008)

Challenges in e-HRM by Torres-Coronas, Teresa

Lindeman's key assumptions about adult learners 1. Victor C. X. Wang California State University, Long Beach, USA INTRODUCTION Agood question human resources development (HRD) and human resources management (HRM) ...

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Quotes about Adult

And we lost a lot because of that, and I think this is future gymnastics to separate ages. Because kids can do it more than adult. A woman and adult woman can show more than the small kids. (Olga Korbut)
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Scrabble value of A1D2U1L1T1

The value of this 5-letter word is 6 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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