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 maturestmatured, sophisticated, evolve, develop, mushroom, blossom, ripen, mellow, bloom, grow, grown, prime, complete, fit, developed, ripe, cultured, prepared, cultivated, ready
Examples from the Web for maturest
Historical Examples of maturest
The disciple's maturest manhood is only the perfection of his childhood.George Muller of Bristol
Arthur T. Pierson
Such a mode of payment as was now proposed ought to be sanctioned only upon the maturest deliberation.Abridgment of the Debates of Congress, from 1789 to 1856, Vol. I (of 16)
Thomas Hart Benton
Romans, we must defer th' important question; Maturest councils must determine on it.The Inflexible Captive
In a well-written book we are presented with the maturest reflections, or the happiest flights, of a mind of uncommon excellence.The Book Lovers' Anthology
This Weimar series, executed in encaustic painting, is artistically the maturest that he ever did.The History of Modern Painting, Volume 2 (of 4)
- 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.