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Mar 9, 2017
This week’s theme
Back-formations

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bludge
politick
allocute
adolesce
foray

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adolesce

PRONUNCIATION:
(ad-uh-LES)

MEANING:
verb intr.: To reach or pass through adolescence (the period between childhood and adulthood).

ETYMOLOGY:
Back-formation from adolescent, from Latin adolescere (to grow up), from alere (to feed). Earliest documented use: 1859.

USAGE:
“Jeremy Parzen: ‘America is only now adolescing as a wine nation.’”
Hannah Selinger; A Cheeseburger, Some Fries, and a Nice Cabernet; The Washington Post; Jun 8, 2014.

See more usage examples of adolesce in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

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