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Meaning & Definition of Mature in English

English

Mature

/məʧʊr/

verb

1. Develop and reach maturity

  • Undergo maturation
  • "He matured fast"
  • "The child grew fast"
    synonym:
  • mature
  • ,
  • maturate
  • ,
  • grow

2. Develop and work out fully in one's mind

  • "I need to mature my thoughts"
    synonym:
  • mature

3. Become due for repayment

  • "These bonds mature in 2005"
    synonym:
  • mature

4. Cause to ripen or develop fully

  • "The sun ripens the fruit"
  • "Age matures a good wine"
    synonym:
  • ripen
  • ,
  • mature

5. Grow old or older

  • "She aged gracefully"
  • "We age every day--what a depressing thought!"
  • "Young men senesce"
    synonym:
  • senesce
  • ,
  • age
  • ,
  • get on
  • ,
  • mature
  • ,
  • maturate

6. Cause to ripen and discharge pus

  • "The oil suppurates the pustules"
    synonym:
  • suppurate
  • ,
  • mature

adjective

1. Characteristic of maturity

  • "Mature for her age"
    synonym:
  • mature

2. Fully considered and perfected

  • "Mature plans"
    synonym:
  • mature
  • ,
  • matured

3. Having reached full natural growth or development

  • "A mature cell"
    synonym:
  • mature

4. Fully developed or matured and ready to be eaten or used

  • "Ripe peaches"
  • "Full-bodied mature wines"
    synonym:
  • ripe
  • ,
  • mature

5. (of birds) having developed feathers or plumage

  • Often used in combination
    synonym:
  • fledged
  • ,
  • mature

Examples of using

He became more mature with the passing of the years.
A child is not a mature person.
His niece is attractive and mature for her age.