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

Nuggets Summer League coach Jordi Fernandez said that he’s seen a more mature Porter Jr., one who’s grown in his approach toward the game. Mike Singer, The Denver Post, "Nuggets rookie Michael Porter Jr: “I’m expecting to dominate” at Summer League," 1 July 2019 The latest blockbuster deal in the drugs industry saw AbbVie stumping up $63bn for Allergan, best known for Botox, a skin-smoothing treatment popular with the more mature clientele. The Economist, "Business this week," 29 June 2019 Many of the trees — which included red oaks, cedar elms, cottonwoods and pecan trees — were thicker and more mature than their prospective replacements. Hayat Norimine, Dallas News, "Dallas officials estimate the city's parks lost more than 600 trees in storm," 19 June 2019 The trees won’t be mature enough to harvest for a century, but Nkouli sees them as an investment in future generations at a time when the forests of central Africa are quickly disappearing under pressure from agriculture and logging. Tim Mcdonnell, National Geographic, "Cameroon’s embattled ebony trees get a lifeline—from guitar maker," 17 June 2019 Five or so years ago the market for cybersecurity venture capital kicked off a boom, and companies funded during that era are now mature enough to exit. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "The Cybersecurity Market Is Consolidating—Cyber Saturday," 8 June 2019 Among teachers, decisions about using dissection typically center around whether students are mature enough for such an exercise, Reeves-Pepin said. Ted Gregory And Susan Berger, chicagotribune.com, "Is dissecting a frog in science class ethical? Protesters challenge the long-standing but controversial practice.," 2 June 2018 This is also a more mature take on the idea of someone growing up different. Adam Rathe, Town & Country, "Michelle Gomez Screamed When She Read the Final Episode of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina," 5 Apr. 2019 However, a universe of more mature content is one click away. Douglas Macmillan, WSJ, "Why Children’s Fondness for YouTube Puts the Company at Risk," 6 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But perhaps more than all of that, their work has put a bold stamp on the Valley’s emergence as a maturing, sophisticated culinary scene that can run with the big boys without feeling the need to mimic them. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "The best restaurants in Scottsdale and Paradise Valley," 1 July 2019 Our heroes likely have some growing pains ahead, but this series has matured smoothly. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Stranger Things without Spoiler Things: It’s dark, different, and still delightful," 1 July 2019 The eggs can then mature into a form of the parasite that is infective. Fox News, "GRAPHIC IMAGES: Boy, 4, has dozens of worms removed from intestines after complaints of pain, vomiting," 11 June 2019 Brut Known for its lengthy aging practices, all Gramona cavas are matured for at least 30 months, much longer than the minimum nine-month requirement. Kevin Gray, Dallas News, "Want bubbles this summer? Try these 5 Spanish cavas that Dallas sommeliers love," 6 June 2019 Former child star and teen idol Luis Miguel has matured into an elegant adult heartthrob. kansascity, "KC concerts June 6-12: Luis Miguel, Billie Eilish, Sublime with Rome, Snarky Puppy," 4 June 2019 Despite this label, however, Nia stayed committed to her love of performance and, eventually, matured into a talented star who has continued to shine long after Dance Moms. Mackenzie Dunn, Woman's Day, "Here’s What Nia Sioux Has Been Doing Since Leaving ‘Dance Moms’," 30 May 2019 He's matured into a senior statesman of the royal family now. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Prince Harry Has Become "More Aloof" Since Marrying Meghan Markle, According to This Royal Photographer," 29 Sep. 2018 Once the eggs fully mature, the host has lost its usefulness. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Fossils Show Ancient Horrifying Xenomorph-Style Insects," 29 Aug. 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 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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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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