- full-grown: said as of plants or animals
- ripe: said as of fruit
- fully developed: said as of a mind
- adult in age, experience, etc.: a movie for a mature audience
- designating, of, or relating to an adult who is of late middle age or older: used as a euphemism: safety tips for mature drivers
- fully or highly developed, perfected, worked out, considered, etc.: a mature scheme
- of a state of full development: mature germ cells
- 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 verb-·tured′, -·tur′ing
- 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.