mature

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


Nearby words

  1. matura diamond,
  2. maturate,
  3. maturation,
  4. maturation arrest,
  5. maturation division,
  6. mature bacteriophage,
  7. mature cataract,
  8. mature student,
  9. mature-onset diabetes,
  10. maturely

Origin of mature

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin mātūrus ripe, timely, early; akin to manes, matutinal

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

ANTONYMS FOR mature

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British Dictionary definitions for semi-mature

mature

adjective

relatively advanced physically, mentally, emotionally, etc; grown-up
(of plans, theories, etc) fully considered; perfected
due or payablea mature debenture
biology
  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)

verb

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 semi-mature
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Medicine definitions for semi-mature

mature

[mə-chur, -tur]

adj.

Having reached full natural growth or development.
Of, relating to, or characteristic of full mental or physical development.

v.

To evolve toward or reach full development.

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