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

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Could McCord once again prove to be mature beyond expectations? cleveland, "Ohio State’s Kyle McCord left his comfort zone early, and it might help him be the Buckeyes’ next QB," 18 Mar. 2021 Yes, we got rattled at times, but this group is mature. Ben Thomas | Bthomas@al.com, al, "Noah Warren’s buzzer beater lifts Auburn past No. 2 Fairhope 54-52 in 2OT classic," 24 Feb. 2021 At about age 3, the eagle isn’t fully mature yet and probably didn’t leave eaglets behind, Reich said. Nara Schoenberg, chicagotribune.com, "Matteson bald eagle has regained her fighting spirit a month after a car accident left her with a broken wing. ‘She’s very aggressive — which is good.’," 17 Nov. 2020 Writing about Marvel at the time was something of a no-brainer, as the company was in the ongoing process of revolutionizing superhero fiction and bringing it to a more mature audience. Abraham Riesman, Vulture, "The King’s Gambit," 18 Mar. 2021 The field is Hilcorp’s Milne Point, which the company bought from BP in 2014 and has since focused on rejuvenating the mature Prudhoe Bay satellite. Elwood Brehmer, Anchorage Daily News, "Joint UAF-Hilcorp study of heavy oil recovery shows promise on Alaska’s North Slope," 18 Mar. 2021 Bush is a different player this year, more mature, more engaged, and has stepped into a leadership role. oregonlive, "Staying on top of the ‘fall’ season: Week 2 stars in Oregon high school volleyball," 17 Mar. 2021 More than halfway into his first NBA season, Ball has managed to surprise evaluators around the NBA with his mature offensive game and high IQ, putting together the kind of season that more often than not triggers a high-level career. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, "LaMelo Ball comes home to L.A. in historic company and as rookie of year frontrunner," 17 Mar. 2021 White and brown button, shiitake, cremini and the more mature portabella mushrooms are most familiar. Beth Dooley Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "The more mushrooms the merrier in this versatile medley," 17 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Papalote Agave can take up to 15 years to fully mature and only the best agaves are cooked over the course of several days in a pit oven using volcanic rock and firewood from the Guamuchil tree, according to a statement from Clase Azul Spirits. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, "This Luxury Tequila Brand Is Honoring a Lesser-known Region of Mexico With a New Mezcal," 29 Mar. 2021 Mascarenas went into college mode, forcing himself to mature and do things on his own. Los Angeles Times, "Why Easton Mascarenas went into college mode at Mission Viejo," 27 Mar. 2021 As companies mature, so should their board members, advisers, and investors. Nnamdi Okike, Fortune, "What startups should learn from Robinhood’s pre-IPO stumbles," 25 Mar. 2021 As healthcare sectors in these regions mature at different rates and thus face dissimilar challenges, key learnings may be garnered, refined and shared to instruct best-practices in the days to come. David Walcott, Forbes, "Healthcare Beyond The New Normal: Learning From Trends & Opportunities Across Borders," 1 Mar. 2021 The trees take only three or four years to mature and then bear fruit year-round for up to three decades. Margie Mason And Robin Mcdowell, chicagotribune.com, "Palm oil is a big business and virtually impossible to avoid. The workers who cultivate it are abused.," 21 Nov. 2020 Because of the fragile nature of the new trees to be planted next spring, the public may be barred from entering the orchards for up to two months of the first few years so the saplings can mature. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Capitol Reef wants to revive orchards as visitors increase," 14 Mar. 2021 These platforms are all open source, and vendors are enabling their offerings to interoperate with competitors’ devices, lifting all boats and helping each vendor maximize its reach and potential as the various hardware modalities mature. Paul Lipman, Forbes, "Welcome To The Future: Navigating The Rich, Intertwined Quantum Software Ecosystem," 11 Mar. 2021 Liquid bronzers work best on dry and mature skin types, and many of the formulas feature hydrating ingredients. Ana Sanchez, chicagotribune.com, "The best liquid bronzer," 2 Mar. 2021

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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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2 Apr 2021

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“Mature.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mature. Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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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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