Pronounced: GRAB-uhl, verb
Notes: I was rather fuzzy on the definition of this word
The word adolesce means “to reach of pass through adolescence”
In what was a surprise to me, this word goes back to the mid-1800s
Background / Comments
Our word, a verb, is a back-formation from the noun adolescent. It comes from the Latin word adolescere (to grow up), which came from alere (to feed). I thought that this would be a word from the 1900s instead of the 1800s.