mature

adjective
ma·​ture | \ mə-ˈchu̇r , -ˈchə̇r also -ˈtu̇r , -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

Let’s just settle down and be mature, as the moment seems to demand it. Peggy Noonan, WSJ, "The Odd Way We Announce for President Now," 17 Jan. 2019 Avoiding Warplane Hell The central question of the Pentagon's CDR process is determining whether a program is mature enough to dive into the deep end of full-scale fabrication and testing. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "New U.S. Secret Bomber Program Passes Critical Design Review," 6 Dec. 2018 While other major brands forced 4G LTE components into their devices as early as possible — compromising on both size and battery life in the process — Apple waited until the technology was more mature and thus made a seamless transition. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Don’t expect a 5G iPhone before 2020," 3 Dec. 2018 And when the industry is mature, price signals (like a price on carbon) take over. David Roberts, Vox, "What made solar panels so cheap? Thank government policy.," 20 Nov. 2018 By all accounts, perhaps Anu is too mature for Raj. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "The Big Bang Theory," 8 Nov. 2018 In this case, the more mature person can be safely trained, while the second kid should not. Casey Johnston, SELF, "Ask a Swole Woman: Am I Too Young to Lift Weights?," 23 Jan. 2019 The all-stock deal underscores the growing threat of upstart financial-technology firms to a lucrative but obscure business long controlled by more mature companies. Micah Maidenberg, WSJ, "Fiserv to Acquire First Data in $22 Billion All-Stock Deal," 16 Jan. 2019 Girl Meets World This Boy Meets World reboot starring Rowan Blanchard and Sabrina Carpenter received a special guest star when Luke appeared in two 2016 episodes as a mature high-schooler bestowing advice. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, ""Dumplin" Star Luke Benward Previously Starred in a Bunch of Disney Channel Originals," 14 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

My mom set up a full-term life insurance policy that matured and increased itself on an annual dividend. Marie Claire, "A New Couple, A Newer Home, and 2 Paychecks," 7 Feb. 2019 But there’s also, especially in this time, a real opportunity to carve out space to encourage the process of evolution, to encourage the process of us maturing and growing up as a culture. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Mahershala Ali on Moonlight, True Detective, and what art can say to 2010s America," 20 Dec. 2018 And some extent, Russia's statehood is maturing and there are some side effects. Fox News, "Rep. Trey Gowdy on Helsinki summit fallout," 22 July 2018 That maturing follicle gives off the hormone estrogen, which makes the lining of your uterus get thicker. Korin Miller, SELF, "How to Stop Your Period With Birth Control," 16 Jan. 2019 The foodie landscape has been maturing as well, drawing on farm-to-table ingredients and seafood from the Pacific. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Next Great Food Scene, Beach Town, and More: The 2019 Trends We're Calling Now," 18 Dec. 2018 But that will change as space programs mature and the exploration and industrialization of space begins. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "America Is About to Take Back Human Spaceflight, and It's a Lot More Than Just Flag-Waving," 4 Jan. 2019 That comes as Apple has continued to raise prices on its iPhones to help offset a slowdown in unit sales reflective of a maturing global smartphone market. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "Apple: Time to Think Very Different," 4 Jan. 2019 Just as the Harry Potter books matured and darkened over time, this latest prequel takes a significant step back from its predecessor’s wacky magic-animal CGI shenanigans and heads in a grimmer direction. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "Even for the Harry Potter hardcore, Crimes of Grindelwald is one convoluted movie," 8 Nov. 2018

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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 , -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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