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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Demand for mature, 28-nanometer chips is expected to more than triple to $28.1 billion in the 10 years to 2030, according to International Business Strategies Inc., a consulting firm. Dan Strumpf, WSJ, 24 July 2022 McGowan says the patient needs to be mature and fully engaged in the process to understand the risks and adhere to the recommendations. Vanessa Etienne, PEOPLE.com, 22 July 2022 But one key player is still largely missing: The local investment scene in Africa is not as mature as the tech industry itself, and the gap leaves startups with global ambitions to look abroad for funding. Aanu Adeoye, Quartz, 21 July 2022 VCs typically invest in and provide support for startups that are more mature and have a team and product ready to go. Anish Srivastava, Forbes, 19 July 2022 Parents are growing more concerned about lengthy preschool hours, saying 4–6-year-olds are not mature enough emotionally to make it through an 8-9 hour day of schooling. Latrice Williams, ajc, 1 May 2022 Guidelines recommend starting these when kids are mature enough to make informed medical decisions. NBC News, 22 Apr. 2022 According to Gartner, while the metaverse won’t be fully mature before 2030, tech product leaders need to start evaluating opportunities now. Raghu Ravinutala, Forbes, 11 July 2022 Additionally, the areas tinted with blue represent older stars that are more mature. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 15 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The outdoors includes a pool, mature orange and lemon trees, new bamboo deck and new exterior lighting. Degen Pener, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 July 2022 Parrots tend to continue generating neurons for longer, and the neurons don't mature as quickly as others. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 12 July 2022 If Paul had been allowed room to mature, to breathe, perhaps Wayne would have created a character more relevant to our times. Hamilton Cain, Washington Post, 12 July 2022 That will probably even increase and mature over time, potentially giving people protection over a full year. Arielle Mitropoulos, ABC News, 8 June 2022 With a capacity of approximately 480 liters, these large casks allow malt whiskies to mature slowly, imbuing them with a complexity and vibrance. Larry Olmsted, Forbes, 2 June 2022 During Barack Obama’s presidency, the Federalist Society continued to mature, effectively credentialing a growing pool of movement conservatives awaiting the next Republican administration. Charlie Savage, New York Times, 3 May 2022 Moreover, many of the names in the theme are profitable, mature tech companies that are incumbents in their respective segments and this could provide some safety in the current environment. Trefis Team, Forbes, 5 July 2022 All broke ground between the 2000s and early 2010s with their mix of more genre-heavy narratives (like sci-fi and fantasy), complex themes, darker comedy and mature emotional storylines. Abbey White, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 July 2022 See More

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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
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 savings 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

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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