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.
- ma·ture·ly, adverb
- ma·ture·ment, noun
- ma·ture·ness, noun
- ma·tur·er, noun
- half-ma·tured, adjective
- non·ma·ture, adjective
- non·ma·ture·ly, adverb
- non·ma·ture·ness, noun
- o·ver·ma·ture, adjective
- o·ver·ma·ture·ly, adverb
- o·ver·ma·ture·ness, noun
- self-ma·tured, adjective
- sem·i·ma·ture, adjective
- sem·i·ma·ture·ly, adverb
- sem·i·ma·ture·ness, noun
- un·ma·ture, adjective
- un·ma·ture·ly, adverb
- un·ma·tured, adjective
- un·ma·tur·ing, adjective
- well-ma·tured, adjective
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How to use mature in a sentence
The anger and rebellion had been comatose in these years of freedom, but the maturer brain was the more uneasy, at times appalled.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
In the last year of the course, the compositions should be such as will test the maturer powers of the pupil.English: Composition and Literature | W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
We must seek "perfection," the profound maturity of the Christian, by a maturer and yet maturer insight into Him.Messages from the Epistle to the Hebrews | Handley C.G. Moule
The thing carries itself to my maturer and gratified sense as with every symptom of soundness, an insolence of health and joy.The Awkward Age | Henry James
Mentally, she could hardly be maturer than the hero-worshipping girl in the procession of Miss Vincent's young seminarists.Lord Ormont and his Aminta, Complete | George Meredith
British Dictionary definitions for mature
relatively advanced physically, mentally, emotionally, etc; grown-up
(of plans, theories, etc) fully considered; perfected
due or payable: a mature debenture
fully developed or differentiated: a mature cell
fully grown; adult: a mature animal
(of fruit, wine, cheese, etc) ripe or fully aged
to make or become mature
(intr) (of notes, bonds, etc) to become due for payment or repayment
- maturely, adverb
- matureness, noun
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