- complete in natural growth or development, as plant and animal forms: a mature rose bush.
- ripe, as fruit, or fully aged, as cheese or wine.
- fully developed in body or mind, as a person: She was a mature woman who took her family responsibilities seriously.
- noting or pertaining to an adult who is middle-aged or older (used euphemistically): discrimination against mature applicants.
- pertaining to or characteristic of full development: a mature appearance; fruit with a mature softness.
- completed, perfected, or elaborated in full by the mind: mature plans.
- (of an industry, technology, market, etc.) no longer developing or expanding; having little or no potential for further growth or expansion; exhausted or saturated.
- intended for or restricted to adults, especially by reason of explicit sexual content or the inclusion of violence or obscene language: mature movies.
- composed of adults, considered as being less susceptible than minors to explicit sexual content, violence, or obscene language, as of a film or stage performance: for mature audiences only.
- Finance. having reached the limit of its time; having become payable or due: a mature bond.
- 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.
- Geology. (of a landscape) exhibiting the stage of maximum topographical diversity, as in the cycle of erosion of a land surface.
- to make mature; ripen, as fruit or cheese.
- to bring to full development: His hard experiences in the city matured him.
- to complete or perfect: We matured our vision for the company. She matured her songwriting throughout her career.
- to become mature; ripen, as fruit or cheese.
- to come to full development: Our plans have not yet matured.
- Finance. to become due, as a note.
Origin of mature
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Related Wordscultured, cultivated, grown, prime, experienced, complete, considered, developed, prepared, aged, perfected, advanced, mellowed, reasoned, consummated, evolved, full-blown, full-grown, ripe
Examples from the Web for matured
How much do you think he has matured over the course of the first season, and going into the new one?Imagine Andy Samberg as Your Best Man
September 29, 2014
As a post-Cold War figure who matured through “movements,” Barack Obama is drawing from a distinct tradition.How Obama's Shallow Worldview Failed Us
August 29, 2014
All of the whisky used in both types of scotch must be matured in Scotland and aged for a minimum of three years in oak casks.Don't Be a Single-Malt Scotch Snob
August 9, 2014
I've been thinking about it for a while and waited for the right time, and now it's matured.Model Suki Waterhouse Lands Major Movie Role; Giambattista Valli Launches Second Ready-to-Wear Line
The Fashion Beast Team
May 30, 2014
As India gained freedom, and matured into herself, the Imperial began to fall apart.An Indian Icon Reborn: The Imperial Hotel Reclaims Its Glory Days
May 13, 2014
It was matured and continued by the Declaration of Independence in 1776.
"Tonight," replied von Horn, and together they matured their plans.The Monster Men
Edgar Rice Burroughs
In those few months my mind had matured and the brusqueness of my will was softened.My Double Life
His long hair and flowing beard were the color of matured hay.The Night Riders
On the other hand, many who matured slowly have continued to advance.The Curse of Education
Harold E. Gorst
- relatively advanced physically, mentally, emotionally, etc; grown-up
- (of plans, theories, etc) fully considered; perfected
- due or payablea mature debenture
- fully developed or differentiateda mature cell
- 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
Word Origin and History for matured
mid-15c., "ripe," also "careful, well-considered," from Latin maturus "ripe, timely, early" (see mature (v.)).
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.
- 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.