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ma·ture  (m-tyr, -tr, -chr)
adj. 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.
2. 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.
4. Worked out fully by the mind; considered: a mature plan of action.
5. Having reached the limit of its time; due: a mature bond.
6. No longer subject to great expansion or development. Used of an industry, a market, or a product.
7. Geology Having reached maximum development of form. Used of streams and landforms.
v. ma·tured, ma·tur·ing, ma·tures
1. To bring to full development; ripen.
2. To work out fully in the mind: able to digest and mature my thoughts for my own mind only (John Stuart Mill).
1. To evolve toward or reach full development: The childs judgment matures as she grows older.
2. To become due. Used of notes and bonds.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin mtrus; see m-1 in Indo-European roots.]

ma·turely adv.
ma·tureness n.
Synonyms: mature, age, develop, ripen
These verbs mean to bring or come to full development or maximum excellence: maturing the wines in vats; aged the brandy for 100 years; developed the flavor slowly; fruits that were ripened on the vine.

mature  /mtr, tr/  v. [I] -tured, -turing, -tures to grow to full size or full mental abilities: Human babies mature slowly.
adj. 1 adult, fully grown: There are mature oak trees on each side of our street. 2 capable of doing what is right, responsible: Mature teenagers can be excellent caretakers for small children.

Thesaurus: mature v. to develop | ripen. Ants. to retard, stunt (growth). mature

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