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, pornographic, porny, X-rated

Synonyms: Verb

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

Antonyms: Adjective

clean, G-rated

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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 amount of debt held by both mature and emerging markets tracked by the Institute of International Finance rose to a record $247 trillion in the first quarter of 2018, up 11.1 percent from the same period a year ago. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: CFPB further under fire with Kavanaugh pick for Supreme Court," 11 July 2018 Lillia was a mature and motherly role model for her siblings. Michael Williams, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Dozens pay tribute to slain children at prayer service: 'Love conquers everything'," 23 June 2018 The Warriors and their fans have watched Curry, Thompson and Green slowly age, mature and grow over the years. Ron Kroichick, San Francisco Chronicle, "Warriors hope to keep Core Four together, even as they age," 8 Mar. 2018 Almanzar is mature and relatively polished for his age. Jeff Sanders, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Baseball America's top-31 Padres prospects," 15 Feb. 2018 Luffa sponges are mature and ready to pick when the green skin has turned dark yellow or brown and starts to separate from the fiber inside, and the fruit feels lightweight. Jean Nick, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Your Own Loofah Sponge," 8 May 2017 More than 50 men, including Maduk, took their places in chairs lined up under one of the few mature trees in the neighborhood. Deirdre Fernandes, BostonGlobe.com, "An education in hope," 7 July 2018 The problem: only five mature banana trees remain in Madagascar. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "Bananas on the brink? Fruit faces extinction risk," 6 July 2018 Mena's poised, mature performance blew away the four judges. Lars Brandle, Billboard, "Watch Amanda Mena's Golden Buzzer-Winning Performance on 'America's Got Talent'," 20 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Leeks take a while to mature but are easy to grow and especially delicious in soups with potatoes. Pam Peirce, SFChronicle.com, "How Bay Area gardeners can grow their own soup," 1 June 2018 But standalone headsets like the Oculus Go suggest the tech is maturing and that the cost of a halfway decent VR experience is gradually coming down. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "Qualcomm launches a new chip specifically for standalone AR and VR devices," 30 May 2018 That is to be expected in a maturing business cycle. The Economist, "Even stockmarket bulls are more cautious than at the start of the year," 12 July 2018 Finally Dead reflects Supa's maturing worldview and the breadth of his musical palette. Leor Galil, Chicago Reader, "Chicago rapper Supa Bwe laps the pack," 3 Apr. 2018 The maturing landscape has grown into blended layers of spreading plants, from inch-high perennials to large trees. Andrea F. Siegel, baltimoresun.com, "A lush Ruxton garden that's always growing," 20 Mar. 2018 Controlling MicroLED technology would help Apple stand out in a maturing smartphone market and outgun rivals like Samsung that have been able to tout superior screens. Mark Gurman / Bloomberg, Time, "Apple Is Using a Secret Facility to Do Something It's Never Done Before," 19 Mar. 2018 In one popular interpretation of comics history, American superhero comics started out as simple, pandering stories for kids, but have matured and become more sophisticated over time. Noah Berlatsky, The Verge, "The best superhero stories admit that superheroes are ridiculous," 11 July 2018 Once the Panthers let Barkov mature and placed him with players like Huberdeau, Jagr or Dadonov, the production will followed. Matthew Defranks, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Does it matter who Panthers center Aleksander Barkov's linemates are?," 6 July 2018

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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

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

Verb

see mature entry 1

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More Definitions for mature

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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