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

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

There are some trees, a few mature spruce and birch as well as alder brush, but little in the way of burnable firewood. Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, "Swan Lake Fire may have ruined a weekend, but there is relief that it finally happened," 17 July 2019 Her white satin dress was eye-catching but restrained, so that the whole effect was pointedly adult; but adult in a mature way, not in a provocative way. Constance Grady, Vox, "What makes Zendaya a great celebrity," 15 July 2019 Raunchy bars and mature terminology: Wang likes to inject a dose of zany levity into explaining poignant matters, such as the experience of negotiating multiple worlds as an immigrant. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "When a Lie Becomes Your Breakout Film," 14 July 2019 Generally, it is left up to the parent to decide whether a child who is at least 8 is mature enough to be home alone. Maggie Rauser, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Safe Kids Carroll: Safety tips for kids who stay home alone," 12 July 2019 Yet, in contrast with these mature intentions, Frota cannot help revert to his old combative ways. Olivia Goldhill, Quartz, "A porn star turned politician says the biggest porn stars are all in congress," 12 July 2019 The International Energy Agency, an intergovernmental forecaster, predicted that Brazilian output would boom last year—yet output dipped as new oilfields were slow to begin production and mature ones fell. The Economist, "Latin America’s state-run oil giants are struggling," 12 July 2019 The dialogue, the efficient character sketches and the unobtrusive but always-advancing plot are evidence of mature ability. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: Colson Whitehead Is One of the Finest Novelists in America," 12 July 2019 Pegging Libra to a basket of mature currencies means that its value won't fluctuate as much as bitcoin. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "There’s a big problem with Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency," 11 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

That’s exactly what happened in the experiment: Mosquitoes either buzzed in or matured from young larvae to replace those that died. Washington Post, "Scientists find new way to kill disease-carrying mosquitoes," 17 July 2019 But, like anyone mature enough to know that no man is an island, Allen paints a picture of himself by way of the relationships that have shaped him. David Pagel, Los Angeles Times, "Review: The L.A. art exhibition that will have you laughing, gasping and crying," 16 July 2019 Once the young trees in the landscape matured enough, the fruit on female trees started to appear. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, "This invasive tree species is coming up everywhere in North Texas," 16 July 2019 The crucial question is whether someone’s assets and liabilities mature at different points in time. The Economist, "Should egalitarians fear low interest rates?," 11 July 2019 Raman identified 15 types of bacteria that increased and decreased in concert as the microbiome matured. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Starving children often don’t recover, even when fed enough. Restoring their gut bacteria could help," 11 July 2019 When the funds mature, usually after a set period of six months to five years, those investors recover their principal. WSJ, "Strains Emerge in China’s $3 Trillion Financing Market," 11 July 2019 There is proof, however, that mature sturgeon have shown a desire to spawn in Ohio’s tributaries of Lake Erie. D'arcy Egan, cleveland.com, "Mighty sturgeon spawning in cleaner Cuyahoga River? Sewer district studies the possibility," 8 July 2019 There’s no doubt that as the industry matures there’s a different skill set that is required. Kristine Owram, BostonGlobe.com, "Canopy CEO ouster shows pressure is mounting for marijuana profits," 8 July 2019

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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 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 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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