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 unmaturedraw, primitive, harsh, rude, simple, rudimentary, makeshift, unprocessed, coarse, homemade, amateurish, unrefined, outline, rustic, green, thick, rough, homespun, prentice, callow
Examples from the Web for unmatured
Historical Examples of unmatured
For him, as for other youths, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil had budded apace; the fruit remained for ever unmatured.Life of John Keats
William Michael Rossetti
First fact:—Those faculties or talents which may hitherto have lain latent, unmatured, are aroused into use.
The unmatured powers lying dormant had been aroused to full growth by the indwelling Spirit of God.
Emptying the unmatured fruit on the bed, he cautioned Alfred to eat salt on them and they wouldn't hurt him.Watch Yourself Go By
Al. G. Field
Unless the maker of a note is insolvent, a bank can never pay the unmatured note of a depositor.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman
Albert Sidney Bolles
- 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.