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.

ID-OLESCE - to evolve, like a typical teenager, by rotating among various sub-phases: BADOLESCE, FADOLESCE, GADOLESCE, MADOLESCE, 'NADOLESCE, SADOLESCE

AGO-LESCE - having no memory of earlier times

ODOLESCE - reduce the milage recorder on your car