mature

1 of 2

adjective

ma·​ture mə-ˈchu̇r How to pronounce mature (audio)
-ˈchər,
also
-ˈtu̇r How to pronounce mature (audio)
-ˈtyu̇r
maturer; maturest
1
: based on slow careful consideration
a mature judgment
2
a(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
3
a
: 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
maturely adverb

mature

2 of 2

verb

matured; maturing

transitive verb

: to bring to maturity or completion

intransitive verb

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

Example Sentences

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
The study did offer one encouraging hint: When seedlings were planted near mature trees, an average of 64% survived, possibly because those spots were not as degraded. Byelizabeth Pennisi, science.org, 22 Nov. 2022 One page outlining the site’s ecology states that the existing Jackson Park golf course is characterized by mature canopy trees. Maddie Ellis, Chicago Tribune, 13 Nov. 2022 The classic villa, measuring about 750 square meters or more than 8,000 square feet, is surrounded by parklike greenery and mature trees. Lauren Beale, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2022 The house sits on 0.17 of an acre, and the backyard includes a patio, a garden, and mature trees. John R. Ellement, BostonGlobe.com, 8 Nov. 2022 On the lot are mature trees, garden landscaping, and a stone patio overlooking a terraced yard; Pearl Street and downtown Boulder are nearby. The Week Staff, The Week, 30 Oct. 2022 And then there’s the Mariposa Grove, the most popular and home to the largest sequoia tree in Yosemite, the 209-foot Grizzly Giant, among more than 500 mature trees. Chris Van Leuven, Outside Online, 19 Oct. 2022 It is surrounded by mature trees, and the kitchen has a heated floor, two wall ovens and two breakfast bars. Sophia Solano, Washington Post, 30 Sep. 2022 Walk, hike or bike the trails and see the mature trees in a natural setting. The Courier-Journal, 28 Sep. 2022
Verb
That includes the growing number of nonbinary youths who don’t want to mature into either male or female bodies. Christina Jewett, New York Times, 14 Nov. 2022 As a result, consumers are better off waiting for the technology to mature and for the prices to go down before adopting. PCMAG, 14 Nov. 2022 When placed in a nutrient solution, the stem cells, which can mature into any kind of cell in the body, multiplied, and the researchers coaxed them to turn into red blood cells, per the BBC’s James Gallagher. Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 Nov. 2022 Now 12 years old, Rust took time to mature from the side project of a Mozilla researcher into a robust ecosystem. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, 2 Nov. 2022 Fully assembled it’s a lush, complex affair, and mature as a nightcap with a cigar. Lars Brandle, Billboard, 21 Oct. 2022 Emmanuel continues to evolve and mature as a player and a teammate. Paul Hoynes, cleveland, 13 Oct. 2022 Some large sturgeon take as long as 18 years to mature and start producing eggs. Clare Mulroy, USA TODAY, 4 Oct. 2022 Neurodiversity at work is beginning to mature as a concept, but the practice is still far behind in terms of participation and success. Nancy Doyle, Forbes, 22 June 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective and Verb

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

First Known Use

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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

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Cite this Entry

“Mature.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mature. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

mature 1 of 2

adjective

ma·​ture mə-ˈt(y)u̇(ə)r How to pronounce mature (audio)
maturer; maturest
1
: fully thought out
a mature plan
2
a
: fully grown or developed : adult, ripe
mature fruit
b
: having reached a final or desired state
mature wine
3
: of or relating to a condition of full development
a mature outlook
4
: due for payment
the note becomes mature in 90 days
maturely adverb

mature

2 of 2

verb

matured; maturing
1
: to bring to maturity or completion
matured my plans
2
: to become fully developed or ripe

Medical Definition

mature 1 of 2

adjective

ma·​ture
mə-ˈt(y)u̇(ə)r also -ˈchu̇(ə)r
maturer; maturest
1
: having completed natural growth and development
a mature ovary
2
: having undergone maturation
mature germ cells

mature

2 of 2

verb

matured; maturing

transitive verb

: to bring to maturity or completion

intransitive verb

: to become fully developed or ripe
maturer noun

Legal Definition

mature

verb

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

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
mature adjective

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