- 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.
mature definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle 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
- 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.
mature definition by American Heritage Dictionary
adjective ma·tur·er, ma·tur·est
- a. Having reached full natural growth or development: a mature cell.b. Having reached a desired or final condition; ripe: a mature cheese.
- Of, relating to, or characteristic of full development, either mental or physical: 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, a market, or a product.
- Geology Having reached maximum development of form. Used of streams and landforms.
- 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: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin mātūrus; see mā-1 in Indo-European roots.
- ma·tureˈly adverb
- ma·tureˈness noun
mature - Legal Definition
mature - Medical Definition
- Having reached full natural growth or development.
- Of, relating to, or characteristic of full mental or physical development.