Definitions for: Mature

[adj] fully considered and perfected; "mature plans"
[adj] (of birds) having developed feathers or plumage; often used in combination
[adj] having reached full natural growth or development; "a mature cell"
[adj] characteristic of maturity; "mature for her age"
[adj] fully developed or matured and ready to be eaten or used; "ripe peaches"; "full-bodies mature wines"
[v] cause to ripen and discharge pus; "The oil suppurates the pustules"
[v] grow old or older; "She aged gracefully"; "we age every day--what a depressing thought!"
[v] cause to ripen or develop fully; "The sun ripens the fruit"; "Age matures a good wine"
[v] develop and reach maturity; undergo maturation; "He matured fast"; "The child grew fast"
[v] become due for repayment; "These bonds mature in 2005"
[v] develop and work out fully in one's mind; "I need to mature my thoughts"

Webster (1913) Definition: Ma*ture", a. [Compar. Maturer; superl. Maturest.]
[L. maturus; prob. akin to E. matin.]
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.

Syn: Ripe; perfect; completed; prepared; digested; ready.

Usage: 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

Ma*ture", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Matured; p. pr. & vb.
n. Maturing.] [See Maturate, Mature.]
To bring or hasten to maturity; to promote ripeness in; to
ripen; to complete; as, to mature one's plans. --Bacon.

Ma*ture", v. i.
1. To advance toward maturity; to become ripe; as, wine
matures by age; the judgment matures by age and

2. Hence, to become due, as a note.

Synonyms: abloom, adult, age, aged, autumnal, big, developed, efflorescent, fledged, fledgeling(a), fledgling(a), flowering, fruiting, full-blown, full-fledged, full-grown, fully fledged, fully grown, get on, grow, grown, grownup, headed, marriageable, maturate, matured, mellow, mellowed, nubile, overblown, overripe, prime, ripe, ripen, ripened, suppurate

Antonyms: green, immature, unfledged, unripe, unripened

See Also: alter, change, develop, develop, dote, draw, explicate, find, find oneself, formulate, fossilise, fossilize, grow up, mature, old, turn

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