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adult

noun [C] uk   /ˈæd.ʌlt/ /əˈdʌlt/ us  
A1 a person or animal that has grown to full size and strength: An adult under English law is someone over 18 years old. Adults pay an admission charge but children get in free.

adult

adjective uk   /ˈæd.ʌlt/ /əˈdʌlt/ us  
A2 grown to full size and strength: an adult male/elephant She spent most of her adult life in prison. typical of or suitable for adults: Let's try to be adult about this. Adult films, magazines, and books show naked people and sexual acts and are not for children.
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