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  • The period following the onset of puberty during which a young person develops from a child into an adult.

    ‘Mary spent her childhood and adolescence in Europe’
    • ‘during adolescence teenagers often experience violent mood swings’
    • ‘Childhood and adolescence are essential periods of your life in which to learn the importance of physical activity.’
    • ‘Young people who need ongoing specialist care beyond adolescence must transfer to adult services.’
    • ‘Jenny's adolescence and adult life are, from the outside, quite ordinary.’
    • ‘Several models or theories have placed adolescence in a period of human development from birth to death.’
    • ‘He reports several years of drug and alcohol use through his adolescence and young adult years.’
    • ‘Teenage boys and women past adolescence also develop the condition, but this is less common.’
    • ‘Acne appears around the onset of puberty and runs a variable course till adolescence is over.’
    • ‘The rush of hormones associated with adolescence is why teenagers commonly suffer.’
    • ‘This only develops, with brain maturation, during childhood and adolescence.’
    • ‘The legendary sensitivity of adolescence is a kind of self-absorption.’
    • ‘He learnt to become an observer and a narrator because so much of his childhood and adolescence was spent in bed.’
    • ‘So what assumptions have many people here picked up in their childhood and adolescence?’
    • ‘The apparent protective effect seemed to be greatest for sun exposure during childhood and early adolescence.’
    • ‘It should be kept in mind that these girls were still in the middle of adolescence.’
    • ‘Her arrival in the city stimulates a series of memories of childhood and adolescence both in herself and other people.’
    • ‘Secondly, do symptoms of depression and anxiety in adolescence predict cannabis use in young adults?’
    • ‘The story of his childhood and adolescence is similar to that of many young men who came from the northern part of Sri Lanka.’
    • ‘Born in Calcutta, Murray spent most of her childhood and adolescence in India.’
    • ‘Puberty is the first phase of adolescence, the time when sexual maturity becomes evident.’
    • ‘It's a book a lot of people read at school and strongly associate with their adolescence.’
    teenage years, teens, youth, young adulthood, young days, early life
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/ˌadəˈlesəns/ /ˌædəˈlɛsəns/


Late Middle English from French, from Latin adolescentia, from adolescere ‘grow to maturity’ (see adolescent).