Definition of Mature

1. Verb. Develop and reach maturity; undergo maturation. "Sam and Sue mature"; "The child grew fast"

Exact synonyms: Grow, Maturate
Entails: Age, Get On, Maturate, Senesce
Specialized synonyms: Ripen, Find, Find Oneself, Grow Up
Generic synonyms: Develop
Derivative terms: Growing, Growth, Growth, Maturation, Maturation, Maturement

2. Adjective. Characteristic of maturity. "Mature for her age"
Similar to: Autumnal, Mellow, Mellowed, Ripe
Antonyms: Immature

3. Verb. Develop and work out fully in one's mind. "I need to mature my thoughts"
Generic synonyms: Develop, Explicate, Formulate
Derivative terms: Maturement

4. Adjective. Fully considered and perfected. "Mature plans"
Exact synonyms: Matured
Similar to: Developed

5. Verb. Become due for repayment. "These bonds mature in 2005"
Generic synonyms: Change

6. Adjective. Having reached full natural growth or development. "A mature cell"

7. Verb. Cause to ripen or develop fully. "Age matures a good wine"
Exact synonyms: Ripen
Generic synonyms: Alter, Change, Modify
Causes: Ripen
Derivative terms: Maturement, Ripening

8. Adjective. Fully developed or matured and ready to be eaten or used. "Full-bodied mature wines"
Exact synonyms: Ripe
Similar to: Aged, Ripened, Mellow, Mellowed, Overripe
Derivative terms: Matureness, Ripeness
Antonyms: Green

9. Verb. Grow old or older. "Young men senesce"
Exact synonyms: Age, Get On, Maturate, Senesce
Specialized synonyms: Turn, Fossilise, Fossilize, Dote
Generic synonyms: Develop
Derivative terms: Age, Age, Maturation, Maturation, Senescent

10. Adjective. (of birds) having developed feathers or plumage; often used in combination.
Exact synonyms: Fledged
Similar to: Fledgeling, Fledgling, Full-fledged, Fully Fledged
Antonyms: Unfledged
Derivative terms: Matureness, Maturity

11. Verb. Cause to ripen and discharge pus. "The oil suppurates the pustules"
Exact synonyms: Suppurate
Related verbs: Fester, Maturate, Suppurate
Generic synonyms: Draw
Derivative terms: Maturation, Suppuration, Suppuration

Definition of Mature

1. a. Brought by natural process to completeness of growth and development; fitted by growth and development for any function, action, or state, appropriate to its kind; full-grown; ripe.

2. v. t. To bring or hasten to maturity; to promote ripeness in; to ripen; to complete; as, to mature one's plans.

3. v. i. To advance toward maturity; to become ripe; as, wine matures by age; the judgment matures by age and experience.

Definition of Mature

1. Adjective. Fully developed; grown up in terms of physical appearance, behaviour or thinking; ripe. ¹

2. Adjective. Profound; careful. ¹

3. Verb. (context: intransitive of food, especially fruit) To become mature; to ripen. ¹

4. Verb. (intransitive) To gain experience or wisdom with age. ¹

5. Verb. (intransitive) (finance) To reach the date when payment is due ¹

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Definition of Mature

1. fully developed [adj -TURER, -TUREST] : MATURELY [adv] / to make or become mature [v -TURED, -TURING, -TURES]

Medical Definition of Mature

1. 1. Brought by natural process to completeness of growth and development; fitted by growth and development for any function, action, or state, appropriate to its kind; full-grown; ripe. "Now is love mature in ear." (Tennison) "How shall I meet, or how accost, the sage, Unskilled in speech, nor yet mature of age ?" (Pope) 2. Completely worked out; fully digested or prepared; ready for action; made ready for destined application or use; perfected; as, a mature plan. "This lies glowing, . . . And is almost mature for the violent breaking out." (Shak) 3. Of or pertaining to a condition of full development; as, a man of mature years. 4. Come to, or in a state of, completed suppuration. Synonym: Ripe, perfect, completed, prepared, digested, ready. Mature, Ripe. Both words describe fullness of growth. Mature brings to view the progressiveness of the process; ripe indicates the result. We speak of a thing as mature when thinking of the successive stayes through which it has passed; as ripe, when our attention is directed merely to its state. A mature judgment; mature consideration; ripe fruit; a ripe scholar. Origin: L. Maturus; prob. Akin to E. Matin. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Mature

maturation-promoting factor
maturation factor
mature (current term)
mature-onset diabetes
mature bacteriophage
mature cataract
mature cell leukaemia
mature neutrophil
mature ovarian follicle

Literary usage of Mature

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Yearbook of the National Society for the Study of Education by National Society for the Study of Education (1908)
"The absence of a mature terminology appropriate to mature geographical ... Inattention to mature geography has a bad effect on school geography. ..."

2. Biennial Report by Oregon Board of Horticulture (1921)
"mature trees are greatly weakened, but in'most cases may still be cut for timber. Constant loss of young growth would leave these great tracts with no ..."

3. The American Naturalist by American Society of Naturalists, Essex Institute (1908)
"The oral sucker has the same structure as in P. parasitica. Lateral, dorsal and ventral views of a mature specimen gorged No trace of cutaneous ..."

4. Botany by Geological Survey of California, William Henry Brewer, Sereno Watson, Asa Gray (1876)
"Akènes 2 lines long, when mature resembling pellets of wool. 10. ... mature akènes not seen, but apparently compressed as in the next. ..."

5. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1904)
"Inasmuch as this difficulty arises from the relative inattention to geography as a mature science, it is the business of geographical societies to remove ..."

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