Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary
1

mature

play
adjective ma·ture \mə-ˈtu̇r, -ˈtyu̇r also -ˈchu̇r\

Simple Definition of mature

  • : having or showing the mental and emotional qualities of an adult

  • : having a fully grown or developed body : grown to full size

  • : having reached a final or desired state

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of mature

maturer

maturest

  1. 1 :  based on slow careful consideration <a mature judgment>

  2. 2 a (1) :  having completed natural growth and development :  ripe (2) :  having undergone maturation b :  having attained a final or desired state <mature wine> c :  having achieved a low but stable growth rate <paper is a mature industry> d :  of, relating to, or being an older adult :  elderly <airline discounts for mature travelers>

  3. 3 a :  of or relating to a condition of full development b :  characteristic of or suitable to a mature individual <mature outlook> <a show with mature content>

  4. 4 :  due for payment <a mature loan>

  5. 5 :  belonging to the middle portion of a cycle of erosion

maturely

adverb

Examples of mature in a sentence

  1. She's very mature for her age.

  2. He has a mature outlook on life.

  3. His parents didn't think he was mature enough to live on his own.

  4. Their bodies were mature, but they still behaved like children.

  5. After mature reflection, he concluded that he had been mistaken.



Origin and Etymology of mature

Middle English, from Latin maturus ripe; akin to Latin mane in the morning, manus good


First Known Use: 15th century


2

mature

verb ma·ture

Simple Definition of mature

  • : to become fully developed in the body and mind

  • : to continue developing to a desired level

  • finance : to become due for payment

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of mature

matured

maturing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to bring to maturity or completion

  3. intransitive verb
  4. 1 :  to become fully developed or ripe

  5. 2 :  to become due

Examples of mature in a sentence

  1. Girls mature earlier than boys both physically and mentally.

  2. Her talent is maturing slowly.

  3. Wine and cheese mature with age.

  4. The bond matures in 10 years.



15th Century

First Known Use of mature

15th century



MATURE Defined for Kids

1

mature

play
adjective ma·ture \mə-ˈtu̇r, -ˈtyu̇r, -ˈchu̇r\

Definition of mature for Students

maturer

maturest

  1. 1 :  fully grown or developed :  adult, ripe <mature fruit> <mature fish>

  2. 2 :  having or showing the qualities of an adult person <a mature outlook>

  3. 3 :  due for payment <a mature loan>




2

mature

play
verb ma·ture

Definition of mature for Students

matured

maturing

  1. 1 :  to reach full development

  2. 2 :  to become due for payment <The bond matures in ten years.>




Medical Dictionary

1

mature

play play
adjective ma·ture \mə-ˈt(y)u̇(ə)r also -ˈchu̇(ə)r\

Medical Definition of mature

maturer

;

est

  1. 1:  having completed natural growth and development <a mature ovary>

  2. 2:  having undergone maturation <mature germ cells>




2

mature

verb ma·ture

Medical Definition of mature

matured

;

maturing

  1. transitive verb

  2. :  to bring to maturity or completion

  3. intransitive verb

  4. :  to become fully developed or ripe

maturer

noun



Law Dictionary

mature

verb ma·ture \mə-ˈtu̇r, -ˈchu̇r\

Legal Definition of mature

matured

maturing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to bring to maturity <a policy matured by the death of the insured>
  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to become due, payable, or enforceable; specifically :  to entitle one to immediate enjoyment of benefits <her pension right matured upon retirement> — compare vest

mature

adjective




Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up mature? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to depart quickly

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

alphabet-pasta-spelling-help

Which is the correct spelling?

acommodate accomodate acommadate accommodate
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ