[ mach-uh-reyt ]
/ ˈmætʃ əˌreɪt /
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verb (used without object), mat·u·rat·ed, mat·u·rat·ing.

Pathology. to suppurate.
to mature.



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Origin of maturate

1535–45; <Latin mātūrātus, past participle of mātūrāre to grow ripe, bring to maturity. See mature, -ate1
ma·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 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 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.



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British Dictionary definitions for maturate

/ (ˈmætjʊˌreɪt, ˈmætʃʊ-) /


to mature or bring to maturity
a less common word for suppurate
maturative (məˈtjʊərətɪv, məˈtʃʊə-), adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for maturate

[ măchə-rāt′ ]


To mature, ripen, or develop.
To suppurate.
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