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mature

[muh-too r, -tyoo r, -choo r, -chur] /məˈtʊər, -ˈtyʊər, -ˈtʃʊər, -ˈtʃɜr/
adjective, maturer, maturest.
1.
complete in natural growth or development, as plant and animal forms:
a mature rose bush.
2.
ripe, as fruit, or fully aged, as cheese or wine.
3.
fully developed in body or mind, as a person:
She was a mature woman who took her family responsibilities seriously.
4.
noting or pertaining to an adult who is middle-aged or older (used euphemistically):
discrimination against mature applicants.
5.
pertaining to or characteristic of full development:
a mature appearance; fruit with a mature softness.
6.
completed, perfected, or elaborated in full by the mind:
mature plans.
7.
(of an industry, technology, market, etc.) no longer developing or expanding; having little or no potential for further growth or expansion; exhausted or saturated.
8.
intended for or restricted to adults, especially by reason of explicit sexual content or the inclusion of violence or obscene language:
mature movies.
9.
composed of adults, considered as being less susceptible than minors to explicit sexual content, violence, or obscene language, as of a film or stage performance:
for mature audiences only.
10.
Finance. having reached the limit of its time; having become payable or due:
a mature bond.
11.
Medicine/Medical.
  1. having attained definitive form or function, as by maturation of an epithelium from a basal layer.
  2. having attained the end stage of a normal or abnormal biological process:
    a mature boil.
12.
Geology. (of a landscape) exhibiting the stage of maximum topographical diversity, as in the cycle of erosion of a land surface.
verb (used with object), matured, maturing.
13.
to make mature; ripen, as fruit or cheese.
14.
to bring to full development:
His hard experiences in the city matured him.
15.
to complete or perfect: We matured our vision for the company.
She matured her songwriting throughout her career.
verb (used without object), matured, maturing.
16.
to become mature; ripen, as fruit or cheese.
17.
to come to full development:
Our plans have not yet matured.
18.
Finance. to become due, as a note.
Origin of mature
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin mātūrus ripe, timely, early; akin to manes, matutinal
Related forms
maturely, adverb
maturement, noun
matureness, noun
maturer, noun
half-matured, adjective
nonmature, adjective
nonmaturely, adverb
nonmatureness, noun
overmature, adjective
overmaturely, adverb
overmatureness, noun
self-matured, adjective
semimature, adjective
semimaturely, adverb
semimatureness, noun
unmature, adjective
unmaturely, adverb
unmatured, adjective
unmaturing, adjective
well-matured, adjective
Synonyms
1, 3. aged, grown, adult. 2. See ripe. 6. ready, prepared. 13, 16. age, develop.
Antonyms
1, 3. childish, raw, green, young.
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Examples from the Web for maturer
Historical Examples
  • In the conquest there was no elation such as might have existed for maturer women.

    Love's Usuries Louis Creswicke
  • In his boyhood Somers was a poet; in his maturer years the friend of poets.

    A Book About Lawyers John Cordy Jeaffreson
  • She had written from the age of seven verses which would hardly have discredited her maturer years.

    Louise Chandler Moulton Lilian Whiting
  • The toys of childhood become the tools of our maturer years.

    The Girl Wanted Nixon Waterman
  • His maturer poems are filled with deep-thoughted lines, phrases of high aspiration and soul-stirring ecstasies.

    The Vision of Sir Launfal James Russell Lowell
  • Should this face, then, be hereafter regarded as that of her playmate in his maturer years?

  • You came to me with all your infant troubles—and in our maturer years, have we not shared all our thoughts?

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • Young as she was, Helen's mind was maturer than might have been supposed.

    The Bishop of Cottontown John Trotwood Moore
  • And had he been urged in maturer life to study the art of composition, most likely he would have frowned on his adviser.

  • A touch of Circe's wand changed them into their semblance of maturer years.

    Gryll Grange Thomas Love Peacock
British Dictionary definitions for maturer

mature

/məˈtjʊə; -ˈtʃʊə/
adjective
1.
relatively advanced physically, mentally, emotionally, etc; grown-up
2.
(of plans, theories, etc) fully considered; perfected
3.
due or payable: a mature debenture
4.
(biology)
  1. fully developed or differentiated: a mature cell
  2. fully grown; adult: a mature animal
5.
(of fruit, wine, cheese, etc) ripe or fully aged
6.
(of a river valley or land surface) in the middle stage of the cycle of erosion, characterized by meanders, maximum relief, etc See also youthful (sense 4), old (sense 18)
verb
7.
to make or become mature
8.
(intransitive) (of notes, bonds, etc) to become due for payment or repayment
Derived Forms
maturely, adverb
matureness, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin mātūrus early, developed
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Word Origin and History for maturer

mature

v.

late 14c., "encourage suppuration;" mid-15c. "bring to maturity," from Latin maturare "to ripen, bring to maturity," from maturus "ripe, timely, early," related to manus "good" and mane "early, of the morning," from PIE root *ma- "good," with derivatives meaning "occurring at a good moment, timely, seasonable, early." Meaning "come or bring to maturity" is from 1620s. The financial sense of "reach the time for payment" is from 1861. Related: Matured; maturing.

adj.

mid-15c., "ripe," also "careful, well-considered," from Latin maturus "ripe, timely, early" (see mature (v.)).

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maturer in Medicine

mature ma·ture (mə-tyur', -tur', -chur')
adj.

  1. Having reached full natural growth or development.

  2. Of, relating to, or characteristic of full mental or physical development.

v. ma·tured, ma·tur·ing, ma·tures
To evolve toward or reach full development.
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