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older adult

A person past middle age, perhaps (but not necessarily) elderly. Now that I'm an older adult, I have all these aches and pains that I never felt before. You don't have to speak loudly to them, you know—not all older adults have trouble hearing.
See also: adult, older

adulting

slang The (sometimes daunting) task of acting mature and responsible. Usually used humorously by young adults. Does this mean I have to cook for myself now? I hate adulting. Adulting is the worst—as soon as I get paid, the money goes directly to bills.
See also: adult

adult

verb To act mature and responsible. This slang term is typically used humorously by young adults. Ugh, I can't adult today—I'm going back to bed.

large adult son

An oafish man prone to rambunctious behavior, despite having reached adulthood. The frequent subject of memes, the phrase is often linked to a family photo of American politician Mike Huckabee that includes his two literally large adult sons. Despite being 35 years old, my son is such a doofus. I can't believe I have a large adult son. My large adult sons just gave our dog a bath in the trunk of my car.
See also: adult, large, son
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In the rest of Luzon, adult joblessness increased by two points, from 19 percent (3.4 million adults) in December to 21 percent in March.
The survey also found that the adult labor force participation rate declined from 71.4 percent (45.8 million adults) in March to 68.3 percent (43.8 million adults) in June.
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There have been two other important sets of ideas about the nature of adult learners and about how to teach them which undergirds this model's approach to preparing faculty and administration support accelerated learning.
In this article, we investigate recent trends in the financial circumstances of young adults. Using individual-level data from household interviews in the triennial Survey of Consumer Finances (SCF) from 2001 to 2013, we examine the net worth of young adults and divide the composition into specific assets and liabilities.
Adult learners' participation and persistence in educational activities is a complex experience involving a range of factors (Wonacott, 2001).
Connecting with and seeking out young adults is our first and foremost priority.
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The greater deficit has been in social capital, with more parents, caring adults, businesses and community members decoupling themselves from active participation in the education of today's students with teachers and administrators.
Furthermore, young bats interspersed elements of adult territorial and courtship songs amid echolocation squeaks.
Library programs for very young children (birth through two years) and their adult caregivers are common public library initiatives designed both to introduce caregivers to library resources for young children and to provide two conditions thought to enhance children's emergent literacy: a print-filled environment and "a caring adult to introduce the child to literary pleasure" (Greene, 1991, p.