[ muh-toor, -tyoor, -choor, -chur ]
/ m蓹藞t蕣蓹r, -藞ty蕣蓹r, -藞t蕛蕣蓹r, -藞t蕛蓽r /
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Origin of mature

First recorded in 1400鈥50; late Middle English, from Latin m膩t奴rus 鈥渞ipe, timely, early鈥; akin to manes, matutinal

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2. See ripe.


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What does聽mature mean?

If a person is mature, they act grown-up. If an animal is mature, it has reached adulthood. If a fruit is mature, it鈥檚 ripe. If a game or movie is intended for a mature audience, it means it鈥檚 for adults because it鈥檚 inappropriate for kids.

Mature has many meanings in addition to the common ones above. It is most commonly used as an adjective, but it can also be a verb meaning to become mature or to make mature.

Example: Some of my students are very mature and responsible, but the rest of them act like preschoolers.

Where does聽mature come from?

Mature comes from the Latin word m膩t奴rus, meaning 鈥溾榬ipe,鈥 鈥渢imely,鈥 or 鈥渆arly.鈥 The first records of mature in English come from the 1400s.

Mature can mean a lot of different things. As a verb, mature can mean 鈥渢o ripen,鈥 as in This fruit will become softer as it matures. It is used in a similar way to refer to aging cheese, as in This cheese was matured for at least seven years. When applied to people, mature can mean 鈥渢o grow and develop physically鈥 or to 鈥渂ecome more responsible and grown-up鈥 (ideally both happen at the same time). Mature can also be used to mean 鈥渢o make mature,鈥 as in I hope college matures him. A child who has matured in such a way can then be called mature in terms of development and behavior.

As an adjective, mature has many more meanings, but most of them describe something that has reached an advanced stage of development or a final limit (as in mature industry and mature bond).

When applied to certain types of media, such as movies and video games, mature means 鈥渟uitable only for adults.鈥 This means it contains mature content, especially profanity or graphic depictions of sexual activity or violence. It is often used in this way for rating systems (as in This dictionary page is rated M for Mature).

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How is聽mature used in real life?

Mature can be used in many different ways. Most of them refer in some way to people or things that have reached a certain stage of development.



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Which of the following sentences uses mature incorrectly?

A. A mature strawberry should be bright red with green leaves.
B. Your mature behavior in class today was unacceptable鈥攑lease try to act more grown-up.
C. This cheese is matured in caves to enhance its flavor.
D. The video game is for a mature audience due to its extreme violence.

How to use mature in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for mature

/ (m蓹藞tj蕣蓹, -藞t蕛蕣蓹) /

to make or become mature
(intr) (of notes, bonds, etc) to become due for payment or repayment

Derived forms of mature

maturely, adverbmatureness, noun

Word Origin for mature

C15: from Latin m膩t奴rus early, developed
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