mature

adjective
ma·​ture | \ mə-ˈchu̇r How to pronounce mature (audio) , -ˈchər also -ˈtu̇r How to pronounce mature (audio) , -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

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Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Adjective

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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 Campsites, in particular, were in need of more shade and more mature landscaping, which hopefully will be added in the months to come. Susan Glaser, cleveland, 2 Sep. 2021 Others still choose to wait and study as a mature student where entry requirements are more flexible. Mike Mcshane, Forbes, 31 Aug. 2021 However, overharvesting and poaching have endangered the species, with only 8,000 mature palms left in the wild on just two islands. CNN, 31 Aug. 2021 Bella manages to contain her bloodlust and feast on a deer, which is apparently impressive even for a mature vampire. Emma Specter, Vogue, 27 Aug. 2021 But apparently the company remains your father’s Tiffany, as mature men are still welcome to buy necklaces and watches and engagement rings, and that includes Jay-Z, who is 51 years old and a father. Washington Post, 24 Aug. 2021 In addition, young fledged during the spring become mature at 90 to 100 days old and may reproduce during that same year, according to wildlife biologists with Alabama’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Frank Sargeant, al, 20 Aug. 2021 The former Corona del Mar star transferred from Washington to UCLA and impressed Kelly with the accuracy and velocity on his passes as well as mature decision-making. Thuc Nhi Nguyen Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 16 Aug. 2021 Landscaping and mature trees highlight the property. Dallas News, 14 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Unlike most whisky producers, Japanese bottlers were not required to produce or mature whisky in Japan in order to use the designation Japanese whisky. Joseph V Micallef, Forbes, 11 Sep. 2021 The share of swap trades that mature after June 2023 jumped to 33% in August from just 10% in July. Julia-ambra Verlaine, WSJ, 10 Sep. 2021 The snake was likely born through parthenogenesis, in which one – or multiple – eggs mature without fertilization. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 3 Sep. 2021 As the scale of the chaos grows, the scribes also allow the young boys ample room to mature. Tomris Laffly, Variety, 3 Sep. 2021 The snake was likely born through parthenogenesis, in which one — or multiple — eggs mature without fertilization. Kimi Robinson, The Arizona Republic, 2 Sep. 2021 Plant or transplant woody ornamentals and mature herbaceous perennials. oregonlive, 1 Sep. 2021 Conifers rarely respond well to drastic trimming for size control, so choose varieties that will mature within your available space with little interference. Miri Talabac, baltimoresun.com, 1 Sep. 2021 With colleagues in the Netherlands, hVivo has coaxed the Delta strain to mature through the seed stage, said Andrew Catchpole, hVivo’s chief scientific officer and a virologist, who oversees the virus manufacturing. Jenny Strasburg, WSJ, 27 Aug. 2021

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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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The first known use of mature was in the 15th century

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“Mature.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mature. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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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
: to become due for payment

mature

adjective
ma·​ture | \ mə-ˈtu̇r How to pronounce mature (audio) , -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 savings 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

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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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