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 maturesevolve, develop, mushroom, blossom, ripen, mellow, bloom, grow, perfect, advance, flower, season, age, culminate, prime, maturate, progress, arrive, round
Examples from the Web for matures
Contemporary Examples of matures
You will find a site that matures close to 200,000 casks of whisky.Ester Elchies, The Estate Built By Whiskey
December 10, 2014
His family had to flee, and he goes on a geographic as well as an inward journey as the young Qais matures fast.A Carpet Weaver’s Essential Afghan Memoir: Qais Akbar Omar’s ‘A Fort of Nine Towers’
John Kael Weston
June 6, 2013
By May, its bulb can grow as big as two centimeters, and turns pink and then a deep red as it matures.The Wonderful World of Ramps
April 26, 2011
I don't know what that's going to turn into when he matures.Harold Ramis Gets Down to Funny Business
June 18, 2009
Historical Examples of matures
It is certain that no eel ever matures or spawns in fresh water.The Outline of Science, Vol. 1 (of 4)
J. Arthur Thomson
It is rather that as he matures, he sees new relationships in the old.Here and Now Story Book
Lucy Sprague Mitchell
But McClellan, as his supporters say, matures his strategical plans.Diary from March 4, 1861, to November 12, 1862
In New England it matures in July and is found on bushes all summer.
In Massachusetts and Connecticut it matures about the first of September.
- 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.