[muh-toor, -tyoor, -choor, -chur]

adjective, ma·tur·er, ma·tur·est.

verb (used with object), ma·tured, ma·tur·ing.

verb (used without object), ma·tured, ma·tur·ing.

Origin of mature

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin mātūrus ripe, timely, early; akin to manes, matutinal
Related formsma·ture·ly, adverbma·ture·ment, nounma·ture·ness, nounma·tur·er, nounhalf-ma·tured, adjectivenon·ma·ture, adjectivenon·ma·ture·ly, adverbnon·ma·ture·ness, nouno·ver·ma·ture, adjectiveo·ver·ma·ture·ly, adverbo·ver·ma·ture·ness, nounself-ma·tured, adjectivesem·i·ma·ture, adjectivesem·i·ma·ture·ly, adverbsem·i·ma·ture·ness, nounun·ma·ture, adjectiveun·ma·ture·ly, adverbun·ma·tured, adjectiveun·ma·tur·ing, adjectivewell-ma·tured, adjective

Synonyms for mature

1, 3. aged, grown, adult. 2. See ripe. 6. ready, prepared. 13, 16. age, develop.

Antonyms for mature Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for mature

Contemporary Examples of mature

Historical Examples of mature

  • Like all growths it will have an orderly development and mature by slow degrees.

    Pax Vobiscum

    Henry Drummond

  • Thus the young mite has only six legs, while the mature form has eight.

  • They will have intelligence and curiosity that increases as they mature.

    Now We Are Three

    Joe L. Hensley

  • Is neglecting to mature your mind, my boy, exactly the way to win the race?

    Vivian Grey

    Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli

  • Five faces opposite—five mature faces—and the knowledge in each face.

    Monday or Tuesday

    Virginia Woolf

British Dictionary definitions for mature



relatively advanced physically, mentally, emotionally, etc; grown-up
(of plans, theories, etc) fully considered; perfected
due or payablea mature debenture
  1. fully developed or differentiateda mature cell
  2. fully grown; adulta mature animal
(of fruit, wine, cheese, etc) ripe or fully aged
(of a river valley or land surface) in the middle stage of the cycle of erosion, characterized by meanders, maximum relief, etcSee also youthful (def. 4), old (def. 18)


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

Word Origin for mature

C15: from Latin mātūrus early, developed
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Word Origin and History for mature

late 14c., "encourage suppuration;" mid-15c. "bring to maturity," from Latin maturare "to ripen, bring to maturity," from maturus "ripe, timely, early," related to manus "good" and mane "early, of the morning," from PIE root *ma- "good," with derivatives meaning "occurring at a good moment, timely, seasonable, early." Meaning "come or bring to maturity" is from 1620s. The financial sense of "reach the time for payment" is from 1861. Related: Matured; maturing.


mid-15c., "ripe," also "careful, well-considered," from Latin maturus "ripe, timely, early" (see mature (v.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for mature


[mə-chur, -tur]


Having reached full natural growth or development.
Of, relating to, or characteristic of full mental or physical development.


To evolve toward or reach full development.
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