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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Adjective

maturely adverb

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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 Your child must be mature enough to sit up straight and not wriggle around. Daniela Porat, ProPublica, "The Most Important Thing Every Parent Needs to Know About Car Seat Safety," 6 Feb. 2020 Tessa might not be mature enough to take on responsibility for another human. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, "Ask Amy: Choice to acknowledge baby granddaughter could end relationship with son," 5 Feb. 2020 Tessa might not be mature enough to take on responsibility for another human. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Son’s new baby is a poorly kept secret," 5 Feb. 2020 The only difference comes in the size of the markets and how mature each market is. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "A 100-year-old British retail giant’s thumb rule for Indian firms: Adapt to the digital world," 12 Nov. 2019 The show is too raunchy and shocking — definitely too mature for the teenagers who might be watching it. Alice Lesperance, Teen Vogue, "Euphoria's Kat Is Not the Fat Teenage Girl Trope You've Seen Before," 5 Aug. 2019 Mother spiders continue to care for and feed their offspring for more than a month, until the little ones are almost fully mature. National Geographic, "Bats regurgitate nectar for their babies—a new discovery," 12 July 2019 The behavior was much more common in mature birds and seemed to vary among species. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Researchers track fishing fleets by putting radar sensors on birds," 29 Jan. 2020 And some analysts predict the trend of growth equity investing continuing into 2020, as maturing private companies (those too mature for late-stage venture) may opt for later growth funding instead of an IPO. Anne Sraders, Fortune, "Private equity firms are sitting on $1.5 trillion in unspent cash, and looking to raise more," 26 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Thompson believes he's matured immensely over the last 11 months. Shelby Dermer, Cincinnati.com, "XFL a 'saving grace' for La Salle grad, Seattle Dragons' Jordan Thompson," 6 Feb. 2020 These are not only prime daytime bedding sites but also locations mature animals flee to in high-pressure hunting areas. Gerald Almy, Field & Stream, "18 Key Strategies for Finding More Sheds," 5 Feb. 2020 This space is now a museum where the vitners of Alsace are allowed to mature their product inside the ancient barrels and sell their wine in the gift shop for as few as €6 ($6.75). Tyler Moss, Condé Nast Traveler, "An Autumnal Road Trip Through Alsace Wine Country," 13 Aug. 2019 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

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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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15 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Mature.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mature. Accessed 26 Feb. 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

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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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