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Definitions for mature
məˈtʊər, -ˈtyʊər, -ˈtʃʊər, -ˈtʃɜrma·ture

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. matureadjective

    characteristic of maturity

    "mature for her age"

  2. mature, maturedadjective

    fully considered and perfected

    "mature plans"

  3. matureadjective

    having reached full natural growth or development

    "a mature cell"

  4. ripe, matureadjective

    fully developed or matured and ready to be eaten or used

    "ripe peaches"; "full-bodied mature wines"

  5. fledged, matureverb

    (of birds) having developed feathers or plumage; often used in combination

  6. mature, maturate, growverb

    develop and reach maturity; undergo maturation

    "He matured fast"; "The child grew fast"

  7. matureverb

    develop and work out fully in one's mind

    "I need to mature my thoughts"

  8. matureverb

    become due for repayment

    "These bonds mature in 2005"

  9. ripen, matureverb

    cause to ripen or develop fully

    "The sun ripens the fruit"; "Age matures a good wine"

  10. senesce, age, get on, mature, maturateverb

    grow old or older

    "She aged gracefully"; "we age every day--what a depressing thought!"; "Young men senesce"

  11. suppurate, matureverb

    cause to ripen and discharge pus

    "The oil suppurates the pustules"


  1. matureverb

    To become mature; to ripen.

  2. matureverb

    To gain experience or wisdom with age.

  3. matureverb

    To reach the date when payment is due

  4. matureadjective

    Fully developed; grown up in terms of physical appearance, behaviour or thinking; ripe.

    She is quite mature for her age.

  5. matureadjective

    Profound; careful.

    The headmaster decided to expel the boy after a mature consideration.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Matureadjective

    Etymology: maturus, Latin.

    When once he was mature for man:
    In Britain where was he,
    That could stand up his parallel,
    Or rival object be? William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    Their prince is a man of learning and virtue, mature in years and experience, who has seldom any vanity to gratify. Joseph Addison, on Italy.

    Mature the virgin was of Egypt’s race,
    Grace shap’d her limbs, and beauty deck’d her face. Matthew Prior.

    How shall I meet, or how accost the sage,
    Unskill’d in speech, nor yet mature of age. Alexander Pope, Odys.

    This lies glowing, and is mature for the violent breaking out. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    Here i’ th’ sands
    Thee I’ll rake up; and in the mature time,
    With this ungracious paper strike the sight
    Of the death-practis’d duke. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

  2. To Matureverb

    To ripen; to advance to ripeness.

    Etymology: maturo, Latin.

    Pick an apple with a pin full of holes, not deep, and smear it a little with sack, to see if the virtual heat of the wine will not mature it. Francis Bacon, Nat. Hist.

    Love indulg’d my labours past,
    Matures my present, and shall bound my last. Alexander Pope.


  1. Mature

    Mature is the adjectival form of maturity, which has several meanings.


  1. mature

    Mature refers to someone or something that is fully developed physically, emotionally, mentally or in any other aspect. This often entails grown-up behavior, thinking or characteristics and suggests a certain level of wisdom, understanding and responsibility often associated with adulthood. In biology, it refers to an organism or cell that has reached its full natural growth or development. In finance, it refers to a financial obligation that has reached its due date.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mature

    brought by natural process to completeness of growth and development; fitted by growth and development for any function, action, or state, appropriate to its kind; full-grown; ripe

  2. Mature

    completely worked out; fully digested or prepared; ready for action; made ready for destined application or use; perfected; as, a mature plan

  3. Mature

    of or pertaining to a condition of full development; as, a man of mature years

  4. Mature

    come to, or in a state of, completed suppuration

  5. Matureverb

    to bring or hasten to maturity; to promote ripeness in; to ripen; to complete; as, to mature one's plans

  6. Matureverb

    to advance toward maturity; to become ripe; as, wine matures by age; the judgment matures by age and experience

  7. Matureverb

    hence, to become due, as a note

  8. Etymology: [See Maturate, Mature.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Mature

    ma-tūr′, adj. grown to its full size: perfected: ripe: (med.) come to suppuration: fully digested, as a plan.—v.t. to ripen: to bring to perfection: to prepare for use.—v.i. to become ripe: to become payable, as a bill.—adj. Matur′able, capable of being matured.—adv. Mature′ly.—ns. Mature′ness, state or quality of being ripe or ready for use; Matur′ity, ripeness: a state of completeness or readiness for use. [L. maturus, ripe.]

Editors Contribution

  1. mature

    A natural process of development.

    The children are so well behaved, mature and have such wisdom in their souls.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 26, 2020  

  2. mature

    Be respectful, responsible and act with accountability and wisdom.

    Children are very mature these days and behave to beautifully.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 22, 2020  

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  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'mature' in Adjectives Frequency: #746

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mature in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mature in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of mature in a Sentence

  1. Patrick Lynch:

    Officer Daniel Pantaleo's a model of what we want a police officer to be, officer Daniel Pantaleo's a mature, mature police officer, motivated by serving the community. Officer Daniel Pantaleo literally is Officer Daniel Pantaleo.

  2. Ursula K. LeGuin:

    Imagination grows by exercise and contrary to common belief is more powerful in the mature than in the young.

  3. Linda Beigel Schulman:

    If you can’t legally buy a beer in Florida, why should you be able to legally obtain a weapon of war that can kill people? If you are not mature to consume alcohol, why would you then be mature enough to handle a firearm?

  4. T. S. Eliot:

    Immature poets imitate mature poets steal.

  5. Erich Fromm:

    Infantile love follows the principle: “I love because I am loved.” Mature love follows the principle: “I am loved because I love.” Immature love says: “I love you because I need you.” Mature love says: “I need you because I love you.”

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