- 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.
Origin of mature
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Examples from the Web for maturing
It was more the realization that he was maturing, even though he might not realize that.Imagine Andy Samberg as Your Best Man
September 29, 2014
The metro revolution reflects the maturing of U.S. cities and metros in terms of capacity and focus.How Cities Are Fixing America
Bruce Katz, Jennifer Bradley
June 17, 2013
It has to borrow about $4 trillion more to pay off maturing debt.Why is US Debt So . . . Immature?
November 20, 2012
The two tech titans reported disappointing earnings as they try to diversify from their highly profitable, maturing cores.Google and Microsoft Combat Maturing Businesses by Investing in New Areas
October 23, 2012
It is the maturing of British multiculturalism that has made the phenomenon of Laura Johnson, gang chauffeur, possible.Laura Johnson, London’s Poor Little Rich Rioter, Awaits Sentencing
April 30, 2012
And twice he had been oblivious to that token of their maturing understanding.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
It is their veil and guard while maturing and strengthening.Ernest Linwood
Caroline Lee Hentz
In both countries the river-water must be used for maturing the crops.Legends Of Babylon And Egypt
Leonard W. King
It is a product of love ties, but only as these flourish in a maturing intimacy.
It was, however, a growth which was five centuries in maturing.
- relatively advanced physically, mentally, emotionally, etc; grown-up
- (of plans, theories, etc) fully considered; perfected
- due or payablea mature debenture
- fully developed or differentiateda mature cell
- fully grown; adulta mature animal
- (of fruit, wine, cheese, etc) ripe or fully aged
- (of a river valley or land surface) in the middle stage of the cycle of erosion, characterized by meanders, maximum relief, etcSee also youthful (def. 4), old (def. 18)
- to make or become mature
- (intr) (of notes, bonds, etc) to become due for payment or repayment
Word Origin and History for maturing
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.
- Having reached full natural growth or development.
- Of, relating to, or characteristic of full mental or physical development.
- To evolve toward or reach full development.