mature

[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

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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.

  • Unless the maker of a note is insolvent, a bank can never pay the unmatured note of a depositor.


British Dictionary definitions for unmatured

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 unmatured

mature

adj.

mid-15c., "ripe," also "careful, well-considered," from Latin maturus "ripe, timely, early" (see mature (v.)).

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

unmatured in Medicine

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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