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

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 These relationships ranged from the supportive love of sisters, through the enthusiasms of adolescent girls, to sensual avowals of love by mature women. Sara Petersen, Vox, "Why do we stop giving meaningful gifts to our friends?," 3 Dec. 2018 But today’s court appearance is a glimpse of the new Uber, a more mature company now led by CEO Dara Khosrowshahi after the ousting of Travis Kalanick. Jack Stewart, WIRED, "Uber Tells London's Regulators "We've Changed"," 25 June 2018 ESSENCE Fest caters to a more mature audience, hence the earlier reference to aunties. refinery29.com, "Black Women Dominate The Biggest Music Festival of the Year & No One Knows," 6 July 2018 At its heart, the mature cladoxylopsid tree was hollow. Daisy Yuhas, Scientific American, "Ancient Tree Structure Is Like a Forest unto Itself," 1 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Instead, Muilenburg said, the Max would remain for decades to come, until technology has matured sufficiently to justify the huge investments needed for a brand-new model. latimes.com, "Boeing lands a showstopper deal to sell 200 new 737 Max planes," 18 June 2019 By destigmatizing psilocybin, while maturing dialogue and education around its use, our culture could also hold this compound in a reverent light with a positive impact on public health. Kevin Matthews, The Denver Post, "Guest Commentary: Let’s talk magic mushrooms, Denver, now that they are decriminalized," 17 June 2019 Scientists say the amphibian chytrid fungus is one reason, but climate change also may contribute to some pools drying up before tadpoles mature. Patricia Edmonds, National Geographic, "This toad’s sex life hinges on finding the perfect pool," 17 June 2019 That overall mindset shows how much Gilbert has matured over the years. Dane Mizutani, Twin Cities, "Pioneer Press baseball player of the year: Stillwater’s Drew Gilbert," 12 June 2019 That same teen is now all grown up, his approach to decor matured. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Virgil Abloh Just Debuted Some Seriously Cool New Furniture at Art Basel," 12 June 2019 As the legal market has matured there and in other states, frequent consumers have been buying less flower and more edibles and concentrates, whereas older occasional users tend to stick with joints and pipes. Robert Mccoppin, chicagotribune.com, "Coming soon to a party near you: marijuana users, and there's a wide variety of them," 7 June 2019 Thomas always understood the process, accepting there would be tough years before a youthful Sun team could mature enough to compete against the dynasties of the Minnesota Lynx and Phoenix Mercury. Kelli Stacy, courant.com, "Alyssa Thomas could be the Connecticut Sun’s key to a WNBA championship," 6 June 2019 And that technology developed and matured over the course of the first couple years of the project. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "The New Frontier of Participatory Cancer Research," 26 Apr. 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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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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