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 If Indiana is wise enough, mature enough and talented enough to seize it. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: In avoiding disaster, desperate IU just may have found its path to success," 9 Jan. 2020 Barbara Koenig, a professor of medical anthropology and bioethics at U.C.S.F. and one of the report’s co-authors, underscores the fact that sequencing, while promising, is not yet mature enough to be routinely used to screen healthy children. Tanya Lewis, Scientific American, "23 and Baby," 24 Dec. 2019 Still, Lindsey thinks the technology is mature enough to become a worldwide utility over the next decade. Wired, "Scientists Spot an Undersea Fault Using Fiber-Optic Cables," 28 Nov. 2019 At 13 years old and just 4 feet 11.5 inches, Garland was older than most child stars, but not mature enough to take on adult roles. Ross Raihala, Twin Cities, "Five decades after her death, Minnesota’s own Judy Garland lives on through the stage and screen," 14 Nov. 2019 In paradoxical fashion, teenagers were considered savvy adults who were mature enough to take on gargantuan loans. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "History Has Shown That Socialism Isn’t the Cure," 7 Nov. 2019 That reported incident with the strength coach fueled the perception that Chriss wasn’t mature enough to become a franchise cornerstone. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Marquese Chriss questioned his love for the game. Warriors brought it back," 17 Oct. 2019 The lodge is surrounded by mature trees and overlooks a small frozen lake and was elegantly decorated for the holiday season. Sam Boyer, cleveland, "Rowley takes center stage in Spain: Whit & Whimsey," 27 Dec. 2019 Despite protests from many immediate neighbors — who said the project at 3333 California St. is out of scale with the residential enclave and would destroy too many mature trees — the board backed the project. J.k. Dineen, SFChronicle.com, "Housing vs. trees: SF backs 744 homes at UCSF Laurel Heights campus," 12 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb And speaking of maturing industries, Apple disclosed that its app store tallied $1.4 billion of sales just in the week between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, a 16% increase from the same week a year earlier. Aric Jenkins, Fortune, "Facebook Drops the Mic on Political Advertising," 9 Jan. 2020 As startup and tech ecosystems mature across the continent, local talent will have increasingly growing work opportunities on the continent. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "The biggest trends in African tech and startups in 2019," 30 Dec. 2019 In Germany and Switzerland, interest rates are negative not just on overnight deposits but also on bonds that mature in the distant future. The Economist, "The World in 2020 Don’t bet on a recession in 2020," 27 Dec. 2019 The D’Ussé 1969 Anniversaire is cognac bottled from a single barrel in France that has been maturing in the centuries-old cellars of Château de Cognac, where the other D’Ussé expressions XO (priced at $199) and VSOP ($50) are made. John Kell, Fortune, "Exclusive: Cognac House D’Ussé to Release a Limited Edition Barrel in Honor of Jay-Z’s 50th Birthday," 4 Dec. 2019 Small batch, hand crafted tequila from our Teremana blue agave, maturing in the highlands of Jalisco, for everyone to enjoy. Claudia Harmata, PEOPLE.com, "Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson Unveils His New Teremana Tequila: 'The Tequila of The People'," 30 Oct. 2019 Having a player with the quality of Fabinho in the team has allowed Liverpool to mature beautifully as a defensive unit, while his position is the bedrock upon which the Reds' attacking stars can flourish. SI.com, "Why Liverpool's Fabinho Is Simply the Best Defensive Midfielder in the Business Right Now," 2 Oct. 2019 Auburn coach Gus Malzahn has seen him mature as a quarterback over the past three seasons. San Diego Union-Tribune, "No. 8 Auburn, Nix taking show on road against Mond & Co.," 17 Sep. 2019 Since then, Indonesia has been maturing as a democracy and stars like the ride-hailing app Gojek are the face of a youthful new private sector. Andy Mukherjee | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "A Capital City in the Jungle? It’s Not a Crazy Idea," 19 Aug. 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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The first known use of mature was in the 15th century

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18 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Mature.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mature. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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mature

adjective
How to pronounce mature (audio) How to pronounce mature (audio)

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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