Definition of premature
- premature babies
Her premature death at age 30 stunned her family and friends.
Too much exposure to the sun can cause the premature aging of skin.
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First Known Use: circa 1529See Words from the same year
: happening too soon or earlier than usual
: born before the normal time
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to lower or disgrace the reputation of
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