[ mach-uh-reyt ]
/ 藞m忙t蕛 蓹藢re瑟t /
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verb (used without object), mat路u路rat路ed, mat路u路rat路ing.
Pathology. to suppurate.
to mature.
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Origin of maturate

1535鈥45; <Latin m膩t奴r膩tus, past participle of m膩t奴r膩re to grow ripe, bring to maturity. See mature, -ate1


ma路tur路a路tive [muh-choor-uh-tiv, mach-uh-rey-], /m蓹藞t蕛蕣蓹r 蓹 t瑟v, 藞m忙t蕛 蓹藢re瑟-/, adjectivenon路mat路u路ra路tive, adjectiveun路ma路tur路a路tive, adjective
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What does聽maturate mean?

Maturate means to reach or progress toward a stage of full or advanced development.

Maturate is a more formal and technical synonym for the verb mature (meaning to become mature or bring to maturity).

Maturate is most often used in scientific contexts, especially involving the development of living things. Specifically, it can mean to form reproductive cells.

It can also mean to produce or discharge pus, such as from a wound (a more common word for this is suppurate).

The process of maturating (or maturing) is maturation.

Example: The fruits are picked only after they have maturated on the vine.

Where does聽maturate聽come from?

The first records of maturate come from the 1500s. It derives from the Latin verb m膩t奴r膩re, meaning 鈥渢o grow ripe鈥 or 鈥渢o bring to maturity.鈥 In Middle English, maturation meant 鈥渟uppuration鈥 (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鈥檚 much more formal and much less commonly used鈥攊t鈥檚 almost always used in technical contexts. A person usually isn鈥檛 said to maturate鈥攖hey 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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Maturate is often used in a formal or technical way.



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British Dictionary definitions for maturate

/ (藞m忙tj蕣藢re瑟t, 藞m忙t蕛蕣-) /

to mature or bring to maturity
a less common word for suppurate

Derived forms of maturate

maturative (m蓹藞tj蕣蓹r蓹t瑟v, m蓹藞t蕛蕣蓹-), adjective
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Medical definitions for maturate

[ m膬ch蓹-r膩t鈥 ]

To mature, ripen, or develop.
To suppurate.
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