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We Asked: What Does It Mean To Be An "Adult"?
Should we be using "adulting" instead of the word "adult" these days?
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What does adult mean?
An adult is a person who is fully grown or developed. This could refer to a person’s body being done growing or their mind being fully developed. An adult child is someone’s child who is fully grown, as in Murray’s adult children are all married and have children of their own.
An adult is also a person who has reached an age that their society says allows them responsibilities and benefits not allowed to children. For example, in the United States someone who is 18 years old is in many cases considered an adult. Eighteen-year-olds can vote, sign a contract, join the military, and other actions children are not allowed to do.
An adult can also be a fully grown or matured plant or animal, as in Once my puppy becomes an adult, I’ll need to get them a bigger crate.
Adult can also be used to describe something related to adults or adulthood, such as adult responsibilities—like paying rent.
Adult can also be used to describe something not suitable for children. Things labeled as adult entertainment, for example, often include explicit sexual content.
Informally, adult can be used as a verb meaning to take on responsibilities usually reserved for adults, such as owning a house. It’s often used humorously to describe small responsibilities, as in Tanya really adulted today by putting away her laundry.
Where does adult come from?
The first records of the term adult come from around the 1520s. It comes from the Latin word adultus, meaning “grown.”
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How is adult used in real life?
Adult is a very common word used to refer to a fully developed person, animal, or plant. It’s also commonly used to describe something related to adults.
Me: I am a responsible, functioning adult.
Also Me: *sometimes forgets I’m driving while I’m driving*
— Katie Didn't (@Pork_Chop_Hair) November 30, 2020
i hate being an adult why am i getting emotionally attached to furniture i can't afford
— hatsune mitski (zeph) (@zephanijong) December 1, 2020
Your childhood punishments actually become your adult goals #OnceYouHitACertainAge pic.twitter.com/a1DvCT8DNN
— Karmin (@beingkarmin) March 8, 2023
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An adult animal is an animal that is not yet fully developed.
How to use adult in a sentence
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Few persons can attain to adult life without being profoundly impressed by the appalling inequalities of our human lot.
But between the phase of schooling and the phase of adult learning there is an intermediate stage.
And this college course I have sketched should, in the modern state, pass insensibly into adult mental activities.
It stands very much in the way of that universal adult education which is our present concern.
Not more than one adult worker in ten—so at least it might with confidence be estimated—is employed on necessary things.