adjective, ma·tur·er, ma·tur·est.
- 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: mature plans.
- (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: mature movies.
- 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.
- having attained definitive form or function, as by maturation of an epithelium from a basal layer.
- having attained the end stage of a normal or abnormal biological process: a mature boil.
- 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), ma·tured, ma·tur·ing.
- 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), ma·tured, ma·tur·ing.
- 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 payablea mature debenture
- fully developed or differentiateda mature cell
- fully grown; adulta mature animal
- (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, etcSee also youthful (def. 4), old (def. 18)
- to make or become mature
- (intr) (of notes, bonds, etc) to become due for payment or repayment
adj.mid-15c., “ripe,” also “careful, well-considered,” from Latin maturus “ripe, timely, early” (see mature (v.)). v.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. adj.
- Having reached full natural growth or development.
- Of, relating to, or characteristic of full mental or physical development.
- To evolve toward or reach full development.