Mature meaning

mə-tyo͝or, -to͝or, -cho͝or
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.

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Worked out fully by the mind; considered.

A mature plan of action.

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To work out fully in the mind.
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Having or showing characteristics, such as patience and prudence, considered typical of well-balanced adulthood.

Mature for her age.

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Having reached maximum development of form. Used of streams and landforms.
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Having reached full natural growth or development.
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To bring to full growth or development, or to ripeness.
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To bring to full development; ripen.
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To become due. Used of notes and bonds.
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Due; payable.
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A debt that has become payable.
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To evolve toward or reach full development.

The child's judgment matures as she grows older.

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Fully or highly developed, perfected, worked out, considered, etc.

A mature scheme.

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Of a state of full development.

Mature germ cells.

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Having reached maximum development of topographical form due to erosion, weathering, etc.
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To develop or work out fully.
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To become fully grown, developed, or ripe.
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To evolve toward or reach full development.
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Fully developed; grown up in terms of physical appearance, behaviour or thinking; ripe.

She is quite mature for her age.

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The headmaster decided to expel the boy after a mature consideration.

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(intransitive, of food, especially fruit) To become mature; to ripen.
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(intransitive) To gain experience or wisdom with age.
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(intransitive, finance) To reach the date when payment is due.
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Having reached the limit of its time; due.

A mature bond.

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No longer subject to great expansion or development. Used of an industry, market, or product.
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Relating to or characteristic of full mental or physical development.
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To become due.
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Origin of mature

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin mātūrus mā-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition