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 maturermatured, sophisticated, evolve, develop, mushroom, blossom, ripen, mellow, bloom, grow, grown, prime, complete, fit, developed, ripe, cultured, prepared, cultivated, ready
Examples from the Web for maturer
Historical Examples of maturer
In his boyhood Somers was a poet; in his maturer years the friend of poets.A Book About Lawyers
John Cordy Jeaffreson
The toys of childhood become the tools of our maturer years.The Girl Wanted
Should this face, then, be hereafter regarded as that of her playmate in his maturer years?
Young as she was, Helen's mind was maturer than might have been supposed.The Bishop of Cottontown
John Trotwood Moore
And thou—thou, at least, art not changed, save to maturer beauty.Rienzi
Edward Bulwer Lytton
- 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.