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

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 That's why Schuster thinks there are better opportunities for investors to buy recently public stocks in more stable and mature industries. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "Going from unicorn to Wall Street may become more of a challenge," 21 Apr. 2021 As in years past, the Fringe preview was split into all-ages and mature-audience segments. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, "Fringe Festival preview: Fetishes, Darth Vader sex, oh my," 21 Apr. 2021 The death of even a handful of mature white sharks is cause for concern, as there are thought to be only a few hundred adults in the eastern North Pacific (ENP) population. Richard Pallardy, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Gulf of California May Be an Overlooked Home for Great White Sharks," 19 Apr. 2021 Many of the mature, landscape-size palms sold in San Antonio-area nurseries and to landscape companies are grown in wholesale palm tree farms in the Rio Grande Valley. Richard A. Marini, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio's non-native palm trees likely dead from February freeze and may cost $2,000 per tree to remove; natives seem OK," 16 Apr. 2021 Enthusiasts want Bitcoin to become mature and accepted. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Why you can expect Coinbase to have a very hard time justifying its $61 billion market cap," 16 Apr. 2021 Glycolic acid also works well for mature skin too, increasing collagen production and thickening the skin. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "The Difference Between a Retinol and Glycolic Acid," 15 Apr. 2021 Globally, ultra low-cost carriers command roughly 30% of total seats in mature aviation markets but only around 5% in the U.S., Mohan said. chicagotribune.com, "Airline stocks may be ready for takeoff on hopes of post-pandemic travel rebound," 15 Apr. 2021 In her mature work, Pelton turned the anonymous, machine-stylization of Art Deco to uncannily naturalistic ends. Los Angeles Times, "Review: The glorious mysteries of Agnes Pelton’s desert paintings, on view in Palm Springs," 14 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In both trials, the defense struggled with the presentation of the case, with how to portray the now mature Padie for his teenage crime. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "How a group of Anchorage teens hid a 1966 murder for years — until one of them tried to become a police officer," 18 Apr. 2021 But there are a lot of players who mature early and are phenoms as freshmen and sophomores. Mick Mccabe, Detroit Free Press, "2021 Michigan Mr. Basketball: Detroit Douglass' Pierre Brooks II," 16 Apr. 2021 Is Soup and Sandwich mature enough to hang with his more polished classmates? Childs Walker, baltimoresun.com, "10 horses to watch for the 2021 Kentucky Derby," 9 Apr. 2021 That’s a lot longer than in mice, where the cells have been shown to mature within hours. Mike Wehner, BGR, "Scientists figured out why humans have big brains," 24 Mar. 2021 The goal is to have the fish grow and mature and reestablish a naturally-reproducing population our state’s most urban river. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Return of Milwaukee River sturgeon a hopeful milestone," 11 Apr. 2021 To have the wildflowers bloom next year, the seed pods must be allowed to mature and drop their seed. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, "Is it time to pull the plug and replace freeze-damaged sago palms and citrus trees?," 9 Apr. 2021 That suggests evolution probably hasn’t removed the genetic diversity the cod need to grow bigger and mature later. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, "Massive collapse of Atlantic cod didn’t leave evolutionary scars," 7 Apr. 2021 That was a devastating blow, because orchards take a long time to set up, as the trees need time to mature. Jesse Klein, Wired, "Reforestation Is Great! But We're Running Out of Seeds," 6 Apr. 2021

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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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26 Apr 2021

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“Mature.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mature. Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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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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