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

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 Almost all of the technology is mature and has been in service for years. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Pentagon Is Reviving Cold War “Assault Breaker” Concept to Thwart China, Russia," 4 Mar. 2019

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Still, Amazon’s confidence in the drone shows this new segment of the aviation industry is rapidly maturing and working closer than ever with regulators. Alan Levin, Fortune, "Amazon Reveals Its Latest Delivery Drone Design," 5 June 2019 Hyun-Jin Ryu has become a Bellinger-like superstar, Clayton Kershaw has steadied, Rich Hill is seemingly getting younger, Walker Buehler is maturing and Kenta Maeda could be an ace on many other teams. Houston Mitchell, latimes.com, "The Sports Report: Dodgers are great, but still need bullpen help," 4 June 2019 Shovelnose sturgeon are not widely raised and take two more years to mature. Tristan Baurick, NOLA.com, "Controversial plan to farm Russian sturgeon in Louisiana moves ahead," 7 Apr. 2018 Systems pioneered on the Tomcat continued to mature and can now be found on numerous fighter platforms. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, "Why the F-14 Tomcat Is Such a Badass Plane," 3 May 2019 The tiny emirate is looking to sell bonds maturing in 2024, 2029 and 2049, using the proceeds for budgetary and general funding purposes, according to a term sheet and a prospectus provided by one of the banks handling the deal. Saumya Vaishampayan, WSJ, "Qatar to Sell Dollar Bonds for Second Straight Year," 5 Mar. 2019 USA Hockey, the national governing body, and the N.H.L. have remained on the sidelines as professional women’s hockey matured in recent years. Seth Berkman, New York Times, "Next Goal for American Women’s Hockey Stars? One United Pro League," 15 May 2018 Part of the appeal for brewers is that while some tart ales can take up to three years to mature, the gose needs just two weeks due to a lactic fermentation that takes just two days (or less). Matt Allyn, Popular Mechanics, "How The Perfect Pickle Beer Is Made," 18 Oct. 2016 For the women in these pages, and with any luck for many more, the working world is shifting, fermenting, maturing. Mikael Jansson, Vogue, "14 Countries, 14 Superstars: The Global Actors Who Know No Limits," 14 Mar. 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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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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