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(From Latin: "to, toward, a direction toward, an addition to, near, at"; and changes to: "ac-, af-, ag-, al-, an-, ap-, aq-, ar-, as-, at-" and ad- is also combined with certain words that begin with the letters c, f, g, l, n, p, q, r, s, and t.)

The Latin element ad carries the idea of "in the direction of" and combines with many Latin words and roots to make common English words.

admonish (verb), admonishes; admonished; admonishing
1. To warn strongly; to put on guard: The crossing guard at the busy intersection admonished the pedestrians to look both ways before attempting to cross the street.
2. To counsel in terms of someone's behavior: The assistant principal of the school admonished the students about their noisy behavior in the library.
3. To advise a person to do or, more often, not to do something: The judge was admonishing both lawyers not to waste anymore court time with petty arguments.

The doctor always admonishes her patients to cut down on excessive meat consumption.

To advise against doing something wrong.
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To gently, but seriously, warn of a fault.
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admonition (s) (noun), admonitions (pl)
1. Mild, kind, yet earnest reproof, rebuke, or criticism: The writer of the drama presented an admonition to the producer regarding the lighting that was being considered for the upcoming production.
2. Cautionary advice or warning: At the bottom of the page of instructions, there was the admonition to always unplug the machine before installing a new piece of equipment.
3. A piece of advice that is also a warning to someone about his or her behavior: Mike's mother issued an admonition that he should wash his hands before coming to eat.
A mild warning; a gentle counseling against a fault or an oversight.
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adnascent (ad NAY suhnt) (adjective) (no comparatives)
1. A reference to something that is growing next to or is adhering to something else: There are adnascent parts in plants and even adnascent segments in animals that are connected to each other.
2. Etymology: from Latin adnascens, past participle of anaasi, "to be born, to grow".
adnate (AD nayt) (adjective), more adnate, most adnate
1. A reference to something that is congenitally united or grown together: The adnate parts of flowers include stamens or the pollen-producing organs of flowers that are attached to petals or the modified leaves that surround the reproducing parts of flowers.
2. The union or cohesion of parts not normally joined together: When there is an adnate organ, it is considered to be of a different kind and not a usual one.
3. Etymology: from Latin agnatus, from agnasci, "to become"; from ad, " to" + nasci, "to be born".
adnerval
1. Directed toward a nerve; said especially of an electric current passing through muscle tissue toward a nerve's entrance point.
2. Located near a nerve.
adnexa, adnexal
A subordinate or accessory anatomic pstrts attached to another or others; such as, the Fallopian tubes in relation to the ovaries.
adolescence
Growth from childhood to adulthood: "The period of adolescence is an important introduction to adulthood."
The stage between puberty and adultery.
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adolescents
1. People growing up from childhood to adulthood, especially those from about 12 to about 20 years of age; youthful, teenagers, teens, minors, youths: "Over 70 percent of today’s adolescents are expected to finish highschool."
2. For teenagers, immature, sophomoric, puerile, juveniles: "The presentations of many movies about life is primarily geared to adolescents."

The words adolescent and adult come from different forms of the Latin verb adolescere, "to grow up"; and in Latin they mean “growing up” and “grown-up”, respectively.

adopt
1. To raise a child of other biological parents as if he/she were your own, in accordance with formal legal procedures.
2. To take up something; such as, a plan, an idea, a cause, or a practice and to use or follow it.
3. To assume an attitude or way of behaving: "They tried to adopt a new way of living."
4. To take on and to use a new name or title.
5. To vote to accept something; such as, a government committee's decision or a congressional bill.
adoption
1. The act of accepting with approval or a favorable reception.
2. A term for a situation in which adult animals take over the care of young who are not their own offspring.
adoral
1. Situated toward or near the mouth.
2. Directed toward the mouth.
adore
1. To love someone intensely.
2. To like something or someone very much.
3. To regard with deep, often rapturous love.
4. To worship God, a god, or a spirit.
5. Etymology: from Old French aourer, "to adore, to worship"; from Latin adorare, "to speak to, to entreat, to beseech, to ask in prayer, to worship"; from ad-, "to" and orare, "to speak, to pray".
adorn (verb), adorns; adorned; adorning
1. To add decoration or ornamentation to something.
2. To add to the beauty or glory of something or someone.
adrenal
1. Near or upon the kidney; denoting the suprarenal (adrenal) gland.
2. A suprarenal gland or separate tissue or product thereof.
adsorb, adsorbable, adsorbability
To take up and to hold another substance on the surface in order to carry on the process of adsorption.