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Origin of maturate

1535–45; < Latin mātūrātus, past participle of mātūrāre to grow ripe, bring to maturity. See mature, -ate1
Related formsma·tur·a·tive [muh-choo r-uh-tiv, mach-uh-rey-] /məˈtʃʊər ə tɪv, ˈmætʃ əˌreɪ-/, adjectivenon·mat·u·ra·tive, adjectiveun·ma·tur·a·tive, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for maturate


  1. to mature or bring to maturity
  2. a less common word for suppurate
Derived Formsmaturative (məˈtjʊərətɪv, məˈtʃʊə-), adjective
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Word Origin and History for maturate

1540s, back-formation from maturation. Related: Maturated; maturating.

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maturate in Medicine


  1. To mature, ripen, or develop.
  2. To suppurate.
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