[ muh-toor, -tyoor, -choor, -chur ]
/ məˈtʊər, -ˈtyʊər, -ˈtʃʊər, -ˈtʃɜr /
adjective, ma·tur·er, ma·tur·est.
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.
verb (used with object), ma·tured, ma·tur·ing.
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.
verb (used without object), ma·tured, ma·tur·ing.
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
ma·ture·ly, adverbma·ture·ment, nounma·ture·ness, nounma·tur·er, noun
half-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
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British Dictionary definitions for semi-mature
/ (məˈtjʊə, -ˈtʃʊə) /
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
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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Medicine definitions for semi-mature
[ 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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