mature

adjective
ma·​ture | \ mə-ˈchu̇r, -ˈchə̇r also -ˈtu̇r, -ˈtyu̇r\
maturer; maturest

Definition of mature

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : based on slow careful consideration a mature judgment
2a(1) : having completed natural growth and development : ripe mature fruit
(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
3a : of or relating to a condition of full development a man of mature years
b : characteristic of or suitable to a mature individual mature outlook a show with mature content
4 : due for payment a mature loan
5 : belonging to the middle portion of a cycle of erosion a mature stream

mature

verb
matured; maturing

Definition of mature (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to bring to maturity or completion

intransitive verb

1 : to become fully developed or ripe
2 : to become due

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Other Words from mature

Adjective

maturely adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for mature

Synonyms: Adjective

adult, full-blown, full-fledged, matured, ripe, ripened

Synonyms: Verb

age, develop, grow, grow up, progress, ripen

Antonyms: Adjective

adolescent, green, immature, juvenile, unripe, unripened, young, youngish, youthful

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Examples of mature in a Sentence

Adjective

She's very mature for her age. He has a mature outlook on life. His parents didn't think he was mature enough to live on his own. Their bodies were mature, but they still behaved like children. After mature reflection, he concluded that he had been mistaken.

Verb

Girls mature earlier than boys both physically and mentally. Her talent is maturing slowly. Wine and cheese mature with age. The bond matures in 10 years.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The unit will take stakes in companies in a phase of development falling between early-stage venture-capital investments and more mature traditional buyout targets. ... Miriam Gottfried, WSJ, "Blackstone to Start Growth-Investing Business," 14 Jan. 2019 This pushed popular fashion toward a more mature look. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "How the Great Recession influenced a decade of design," 27 Dec. 2018 With more mature themes, this book is recommended to older teens. Emily Ables, Seventeen, "17 Books Every Girl Should Read Before She's 17," 25 July 2018 By leaving the experimental, erratic startup world and getting listed on the New York Stock Exchange, Uber and Lyft will assume images of being mature, stable, and transparent companies — a reputation neither has necessarily earned just yet. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "Uber and Lyft are racing each other to go public. Here’s why.," 12 Dec. 2018 Now 14% of its customers in the U.K. and Ireland, its most mature market, use a broadband connection to get its cheaper streaming product, Now TV, according to estimates by Enders Analysis. Stephen Wilmot, WSJ, "Winning Sky Is Just the Start for Disney or Comcast," 20 Sep. 2018 With growth slowing in their more mature home markets, though, consumer companies are happy to stomach emerging-market risk. Carol Ryan, WSJ, "Unilever Beds Down in India," 28 Nov. 2018 And his players weren’t mature enough to police themselves. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Paul Daugherty: Cincinnati Reds should take a look in the mirror after firing Bryan Price," 19 Apr. 2018 Head coach Paul Chryst and Settle believe Watson, 6-foot and 226 pounds, is physically mature enough to play immediately. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Two Badgers football players have a way to go in their recovery from ACL tears," 17 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But that will change as space programs mature and the exploration and industrialization of space begins. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "America Is About to Take Back Human Spaceflight, and It's a Lot More Than Just Flag-Waving," 4 Jan. 2019 That comes as Apple has continued to raise prices on its iPhones to help offset a slowdown in unit sales reflective of a maturing global smartphone market. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "Apple: Time to Think Very Different," 4 Jan. 2019 Just as the Harry Potter books matured and darkened over time, this latest prequel takes a significant step back from its predecessor’s wacky magic-animal CGI shenanigans and heads in a grimmer direction. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "Even for the Harry Potter hardcore, Crimes of Grindelwald is one convoluted movie," 8 Nov. 2018 As the plant matures each stem sends up a spike of greenish-white and occasionally pink flowers. Jean Nick, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Your Own Turmeric Indoors," 22 July 2018 The money, expected to provide a multi-year bridge as replacement trees and groves mature, includes $340 million that Florida will get in the form of a block grant to help citrus farmers rebuild. OrlandoSentinel.com, "Florida citrus growers endure worst season in decades," 14 June 2018 But obviously as artists mature and release more music, things change. Bryan Rolli, Billboard, "Rolling Loud Co-Founders Matt Zingler & Tariq Cherif Talk Globalization, Spotting Trends Before They Happen," 1 June 2018 As coffee shops proliferate across the U.K., Costa has found growth harder to come by in a maturing market. Sam Chambers, Bloomberg.com, "Whitbread to Set Costa Coffee Free to Take On Starbucks," 25 Apr. 2018 The process is similar to a Spanish method of maturing sherry called solera. Francine Maroukian, Popular Mechanics, "How They Make Rye Whiskey the Right Way," 23 Mar. 2016

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First Known Use of mature

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for mature

Adjective and Verb

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

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mature

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of mature

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

mature

verb

English Language Learners Definition of mature (Entry 2 of 2)

: to become fully developed in the body and mind

: to continue developing to a desired level

finance : to become due for payment

mature

adjective
ma·​ture | \ mə-ˈtu̇r, -ˈtyu̇r, -ˈchu̇r\
maturer; maturest

Kids Definition of mature

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : fully grown or developed : adult, ripe mature fruit mature fish
2 : having or showing the qualities of an adult person a mature outlook
3 : due for payment a mature loan

mature

verb
matured; maturing

Kids Definition of mature (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to reach full development
2 : to become due for payment The bond matures in ten years.

mature

adjective
ma·​ture | \ mə-ˈt(y)u̇(ə)r also -ˈchu̇(ə)r\
maturer; maturest

Medical Definition of mature

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : having completed natural growth and development a mature ovary
2 : having undergone maturation mature germ cells

mature

verb
matured; maturing

Medical Definition of mature (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to bring to maturity or completion

intransitive verb

: to become fully developed or ripe

Other Words from mature

maturer noun

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mature

verb
ma·​ture | \ mə-ˈtu̇r, -ˈchu̇r\
matured; maturing

Legal Definition of mature

transitive verb

: to bring to maturity a policy matured by the death of the insured

intransitive verb

: to become due, payable, or enforceable specifically : to entitle one to immediate enjoyment of benefits her pension right matured upon retirement — compare vest

Other Words from mature

mature adjective

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