verb (used without object), mat·u·rat·ed, mat·u·rat·ing.
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Origin of maturate
OTHER WORDS FROM maturatema·tur·a·tive [muh-choor-uh-tiv, mach-uh-rey-], /məˈtʃʊər ə tɪv, ˈmætʃ əˌreɪ-/, adjectivenon·mat·u·ra·tive, adjectiveun·ma·tur·a·tive, adjective
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What does maturate mean?
Maturate means to reach or progress toward a stage of full or advanced development.
Maturate is most often used in scientific contexts, especially involving the development of living things. Specifically, it can mean to form reproductive cells.
The process of maturating (or maturing) is maturation.
Example: The fruits are picked only after they have maturated on the vine.
Where does maturate come from?
The first records of maturate come from the 1500s. It derives from the Latin verb mātūrāre, meaning “to grow ripe” or “to bring to maturity.” In Middle English, maturation meant “suppuration” (the discharge of pus from a wound) and is still sometimes used in this way today.
Maturate means about the same thing as mature, but it’s much more formal and much less commonly used—it’s almost always used in technical contexts. A person usually isn’t said to maturate—they mature. (However, the noun form maturation is perhaps most commonly used to refer to the process of a person maturing.)
The other uses of maturate are often scientific, especially within the field of biology. Some foods that are aged can be said to be maturated.
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What are some other forms of maturate?
- mature (verb, adjective)
- maturation (noun)
- maturative (adjective)
- nonmaturative (adjective)
- unmaturative (adjective)
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How is maturate used in real life?
Maturate is often used in a formal or technical way.
Dendritic cells maturated by co-culturing with HIV-1 latently infected Jurkat T cells or stimulating with AIDS-as… https://t.co/y5VHP6efTP
— Mycobacterium Papers (@MycobactPapers) August 2, 2017
15 years maturating in our legendary No.1 Vaults is time well spent for this rich, sherried whisky. Treasure it. pic.twitter.com/pgd1RlguW5
— Bowmore Whisky (@bowmore) December 20, 2018
Act of Kindness Friday: Frustrated w/someone? Civilly express your feelings before allowing them to maturate into an anger filled tirade.
— Byron Saxton (@ByronSaxton) January 5, 2018
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True or False?
Maturate is always used in the same way as mature.