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
Antonyms for mature
Related Words for maturenessability, experience, sophistication, capability, manhood, wisdom, maturation, prime, development, cultivation, completion, readiness, mentality, advancement, majority, perfection, fullness, fitness, civilization, womanhood
Examples from the Web for matureness
Historical Examples of matureness
He was looking down at her with a kind of matureness in his expression.T. Tembarom
Frances Hodgson Burnett
There is in art a certain degree of perfection, as there is in Nature an ideal point of matureness.
- fully developed or differentiateda mature cell
- fully grown; adulta mature animal
Word Origin for mature
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.