- The definition of mature refers to someone or something that is full grown or adult, either physically or in terms of behavior and attitude.
- An example of mature is someone who behaves appropriately and doesn't throw a temper tantrum if he doesn't get his way.
- An example of mature is a full grown plant.
A happy mature couple.
- full-grown, as plants or animals
- ripe, as fruits
- fully developed, as a person, a mind, etc.
- fully or highly developed, perfected, worked out, considered, etc.: a mature scheme
- of a state of full development: a person of mature age
- due; payable: said of a note, bond, etc.
- Geol. having reached maximum development of topographical form due to erosion, weathering, etc.: said as of a coastline that is relatively stable
Origin of matureMiddle English ; from Classical Latin maturus, seasonable, ripe, mature ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ma-, good, in good time from source Classical Latin Matuta, goddess of dawn
transitive verbmatured, maturing
- to bring to full growth or development, or to ripeness
- to develop or work out fully
- to become fully grown, developed, or ripe
- to become due: said of a note, etc.
- a. Having reached full natural growth or development: a mature cell.b. Having reached a desired or final condition; ripe: a mature cheese.
- Having or showing characteristics, such as patience and prudence, considered typical of well-balanced adulthood: mature for her age.
- a. Suitable or intended for adults: mature subject matter.b. Composed of adults: a mature audience.
- Worked out fully by the mind; considered: a mature plan of action.
- Having reached the limit of its time; due: a mature bond.
- No longer subject to great expansion or development. Used of an industry, market, or product.
- Geology Having reached maximum development of form. Used of streams and landforms.
verbma·tured, ma·tur·ing, ma·tures
- To bring to full development; ripen.
- To work out fully in the mind: “able to digest and mature my thoughts for my own mind only” (John Stuart Mill).
- To evolve toward or reach full development: The child's judgment matures as she grows older.
- To become due. Used of notes and bonds.
Origin of matureMiddle English, from Old French, from Latin mātūrus; see mā-1 in Indo-European roots.
(comparative maturer or more mature, superlative maturest or most mature)
(third-person singular simple present matures, present participle maturing, simple past and past participle matured)
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