[muh-toor, -tyoor, -choor, -chur]

adjective, ma·tur·er, ma·tur·est.

verb (used with object), ma·tured, ma·tur·ing.

verb (used without object), ma·tured, ma·tur·ing.

Origin of mature

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin mātūrus ripe, timely, early; akin to manes, matutinal
Related formsma·ture·ly, adverbma·ture·ment, nounma·ture·ness, nounma·tur·er, nounhalf-ma·tured, adjectivenon·ma·ture, adjectivenon·ma·ture·ly, adverbnon·ma·ture·ness, nouno·ver·ma·ture, adjectiveo·ver·ma·ture·ly, adverbo·ver·ma·ture·ness, nounself-ma·tured, adjectivesem·i·ma·ture, adjectivesem·i·ma·ture·ly, adverbsem·i·ma·ture·ness, nounun·ma·ture, adjectiveun·ma·ture·ly, adverbun·ma·tured, adjectiveun·ma·tur·ing, adjectivewell-ma·tured, adjective

Synonyms for mature

1, 3. aged, grown, adult. 2. See ripe. 6. ready, prepared. 13, 16. age, develop.

Antonyms for mature Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for overmature

Historical Examples of overmature

  • Heart shake occurs in nearly all overmature timber, being more frequent in hardwoods (especially oak) than in conifers.

British Dictionary definitions for overmature



relatively advanced physically, mentally, emotionally, etc; grown-up
(of plans, theories, etc) fully considered; perfected
due or payablea mature debenture
  1. fully developed or differentiateda mature cell
  2. 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
Derived Formsmaturely, adverbmatureness, noun

Word Origin for mature

C15: from Latin mātūrus early, developed
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Word Origin and History for overmature



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

overmature in Medicine


[mə-chur, -tur]


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.
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