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mature

adjective ma·ture \ mə-ˈtu̇r , -ˈtyu̇r also -ˈchu̇r \

Definition of mature

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

Examples of mature in a Sentence

  1. She's very mature for her age.

  2. He has a mature outlook on life.

  3. His parents didn't think he was mature enough to live on his own.

  4. Their bodies were mature, but they still behaved like children.

  5. After mature reflection, he concluded that he had been mistaken.

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Origin and Etymology of mature

Middle English, from Latin maturus ripe; akin to Latin mane in the morning, manus good


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mature

verb

Definition of mature

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

  1. Girls mature earlier than boys both physically and mentally.

  2. Her talent is maturing slowly.

  3. Wine and cheese mature with age.

  4. The bond matures in 10 years.

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Origin and Etymology of mature



MATURE Defined for English Language Learners

mature

adjective

Definition of mature for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of mature for English Language Learners

  • : to become fully developed in the body and mind

  • : to continue developing to a desired level

  • finance : to become due for payment


MATURE Defined for Kids

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mature

adjective ma·ture \ mə-ˈtu̇r , -ˈtyu̇r , -ˈchu̇r \

Definition of mature for Students

maturer; maturest
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

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mature

verb

Definition of mature for Students

matured; maturing
1 :to reach full development
2 :to become due for payment
  • The bond matures in ten years.

Medical Dictionary

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mature

adjective ma·ture \ mə-ˈt(y)u̇(ə)r also -ˈchu̇(ə)r \

medical Definition of mature

maturer; maturest
1 :having completed natural growth and development
  • a mature ovary
2 :having undergone maturation
  • mature germ cells

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mature

verb

medical Definition of mature

matured; maturing
transitive verb
:to bring to maturity or completion
intransitive verb
:to become fully developed or ripe

maturer

noun

Law Dictionary

mature

verb ma·ture \ mə-ˈtu̇r, -ˈchu̇r \

legal Definition of mature

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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