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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
Jace points out that’s not quite true, since the mature dragons Vermithor and Silverwing sit beneath them in the pit. Lauren Morgan, EW.com, 15 July 2024 The Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Multi-Use Concealer, now just $9, was a favorite among our 15 contributors, which included real women with mature skin and celebrity makeup artists with clients like Jennifer Lopez and Cher. Madison Yauger, Peoplemag, 15 July 2024
Verb
The renegotiated debentures accrue interest at 10% per annum, may be converted into units of the Company and mature on December 31, 2025. Kansas City Star, 2 July 2024 The latest is a barrel-aged gin, which takes the core Dry Gin and matures it in used Uncle Nearest barrels for six months. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 25 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for mature 

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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 20 Jul. 2024.

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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