adjective, ma·tur·er, ma·tur·est.
- having attained definitive form or function, as by maturation of an epithelium from a basal layer.
- having attained the end stage of a normal or abnormal biological process: a mature boil.
verb (used with object), ma·tured, ma·tur·ing.
verb (used without object), ma·tured, ma·tur·ing.
Origin of mature
Synonyms for mature
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Examples from the Web for mature
Contemporary Examples of mature
Doctors have long wrestled with the age of consent when it comes to mature adolescents.
But if you have a hearing and you prove that someone is mature enough, well then that state interest evaporates.
His mature wit and poetic style drew in those around him and we connected instantly.Cuban Hip-Hop Was Born in Alamar
December 26, 2014
[But] it is permissible to separate them if the children are grown and mature.ISIS Jihadis Get ‘Slavery for Dummies’
December 9, 2014
The mixing of mature and innocent can make people uncomfortable, which is often what Boyfriend wants.From Church of Christ to Pansexual Rapper
November 28, 2014
Historical Examples of mature
Like all growths it will have an orderly development and mature by slow degrees.Pax Vobiscum
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
- fully developed or differentiateda mature cell
- fully grown; adulta mature animal
Word Origin 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.)).