[muh-too r, -tyoo r, -choo r, -chur] /məˈtʊər, -ˈtyʊər, -ˈtʃʊər, -ˈtʃɜr/
adjective, maturer, maturest.
complete in natural growth or development, as plant and animal forms:
a mature rose bush.
ripe, as fruit, or fully aged, as cheese or wine.
fully developed in body or mind, as a person:
She was a mature woman who took her family responsibilities seriously.
noting or pertaining to an adult who is middle-aged or older (used euphemistically):
discrimination against mature applicants.
pertaining to or characteristic of full development:
a mature appearance; fruit with a mature softness.
completed, perfected, or elaborated in full by the mind:
(of an industry, technology, market, etc.) no longer developing or expanding; having little or no potential for further growth or expansion; exhausted or saturated.
intended for or restricted to adults, especially by reason of explicit sexual content or the inclusion of violence or obscene language:
composed of adults, considered as being less susceptible than minors to explicit sexual content, violence, or obscene language, as of a film or stage performance:
for mature audiences only.
Finance. having reached the limit of its time; having become payable or due:
a mature bond.
Geology. (of a landscape) exhibiting the stage of maximum topographical diversity, as in the cycle of erosion of a land surface.
verb (used with object), matured, maturing.
to make mature; ripen, as fruit or cheese.
to bring to full development:
His hard experiences in the city matured him.
to complete or perfect: We matured our vision for the company.
She matured her songwriting throughout her career.
verb (used without object), matured, maturing.
to become mature; ripen, as fruit or cheese.
to come to full development:
Our plans have not yet matured.
Finance. to become due, as a note.
relatively advanced physically, mentally, emotionally, etc; grown-up
(of plans, theories, etc) fully considered; perfected
due or payable: a mature debenture
(of fruit, wine, cheese, etc) ripe or fully aged
(of a river valley or land surface) in the middle stage of the cycle of erosion, characterized by meanders, maximum relief, etc See also youthful (sense 4), old (sense 18)
to make or become mature
(intransitive) (of notes, bonds, etc) to become due for payment or repayment
late 14c., “encourage suppuration;” mid-15c. “bring to maturity,” from Latin maturare “to ripen, bring to maturity,” from maturus “ripe, timely, early,” related to manus “good” and mane “early, of the morning,” from PIE root *ma- “good,” with derivatives meaning “occurring at a good moment, timely, seasonable, early.” Meaning “come or bring to maturity” is from 1620s. The financial sense of “reach the time for payment” is from 1861. Related: Matured; maturing.
mid-15c., “ripe,” also “careful, well-considered,” from Latin maturus “ripe, timely, early” (see mature (v.)).
mature ma·ture (mə-tyur’, -tur’, -chur’)
v. ma·tured, ma·tur·ing, ma·tures
To evolve toward or reach full development.
noun, Cell Biology. 1. a stage in meiosis during which the chromosomal number of the reproductive cell is reduced to one chromosome from each original chromosome pair. maturation division n. Either of the two successive cell divisions of meiosis, with only one duplication of the chromosomes, that results in the formation of haploid gametes.
- Mature bacteriophage
mature bacteriophage n. The complete infective form of a bacteriophage.
- Mature cataract
mature cataract n. A cataract in which the entire lens is opaque and swollen.
[muh-too r, -tyoo r, -choo r, -chur] /məˈtʊər, -ˈtyʊər, -ˈtʃʊər, -ˈtʃɜr/ adjective, maturer, maturest. 1. complete in natural growth or development, as plant and animal forms: a mature rose bush. 2. ripe, as fruit, or fully aged, as cheese or wine. 3. fully developed in body or mind, as a person: She was a mature […]