adjective (maturer, maturest)
- 1Fully developed physically; full-grown: she was now a mature woman owls are sexually mature at one yearMore example sentences
- Studies on the bamboo cell wall have focussed mainly on fully elongated and mature fibres.
- However, it is clear that only a small fraction of the spermatids develop into mature spermatozoa in males.
- Boys are almost fully mature at this point and have developed a tough outer shell that protects them from their natural predators.
- 1.1(Especially of a young person) having reached a stage of mental or emotional development characteristic of an adult: a young man mature beyond his yearsMore example sentences
- I don't deserve this and I am too mature to play silly emotional games.
- Does that mean I'm becoming a more emotionally and spiritually mature adult?
- He's mature beyond his years, practices extremely well, works really hard, soaks things up.
- 1.2(Of thought or planning) careful and thorough: on mature reflection he decided they should not goMore example sentences
- On mature consideration though, perhaps those black puddings of theirs count as weapons of mass destruction and merit a pre-emptive strike.
- But I would hope that, on mature reflection, he would not be advised to take any purely technical point on service.
- What he provides instead is a substantial elaboration of the original, clarifying and extending it with the benefit of mature reflection.
- 1.3Used euphemistically to describe someone middle-aged or old: Miss Walker was a mature lady when she marriedMore example sentences
- In fact, farther to the southeast along the same fault zone, there are some more seismic gaps that are what we might describe as mature.
- Tall, mature, single, blue-blooded aristocrat seeks tall, mature foxy lady who loves dressing in furs.
- All are hypoallergenic and super-pure so they're perfect for thin and delicate mature skins.
- 2Having reached the most advanced stage in a process: Van Gogh’s mature workMore example sentences
- They all come out with much more advanced, mature golf swings.
- In fact, I proudly imagined myself to be the only twelve year old in the UK with such advanced, mature tastes for my age.
- A lot of products are technologically mature, so the advances are in usability.
- 2.1(Of certain foods or drinks) ready for consumption: a rather nice mature CamembertMore example sentences
- Again, if the rim is brown, it's probably mature and ready to drink.
- Food that I would normally savour, like mature cheese, bacon, or roast beef, has tasted dry and dead in my mouth.
- While most of the wines were of very recent vintage, we did taste one mature wine, and it was excellent.
- 2.2Denoting an economy, industry, or market that has developed to a point where substantial expansion and investment no longer takes place: a mature, sophisticated economyMore example sentences
- However, there is a problem here in that almost every other mature economy in Europe wants tax harmonisation.
- Markets are highly saturated, and the industry is mature in the developed world.
- In the midst of this, our president is determined to cut taxes to revive a mature economy.
- 3(Of a bill, bond, etc.) due for payment or repayment.More example sentences
- It can point the way to creating a bond between two people, but it is not itself a mature bond.
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- 1(Of a person or thing) become fully grown or developed: children mature at different ages the trees take at least thirty years to matureMore example sentences
- The trapping was prompted by a drop in numbers as it was estimated that only around five per cent of all spawnings actually matured into young fish.
- Yorkshire's most famous soul singer has matured into a handsome, outwardly respectable middle-aged man with a raffish undertow.
- Not only did they survive, but every single one of my seedlings matured into a sturdy adolescent.
- 1.1(Of a person) reach an advanced stage of mental or emotional development: he has matured and is ready to take on new responsibilitiesMore example sentences
become more sensible/responsible/adult, grow up; bloom, blossom
- He had matured and he was ready to be a father no matter what it took.
- Report writers say that you have matured and improved your coping strategies.
- It's impossible to project how players will physically grow and mature emotionally.
- 1.2(With reference to certain foods or drinks) become or cause to become ready for consumption: [no object]: leave the cheese to mature [with object]: the Scotch is matured for a minimum of three yearsMore example sentences
- Cheddar has to be kept for a long time before it matures, whereas Caerphilly ripens in 10 days.
- Two styles were released after maturing for three and five years respectively in French and American oak; only a five-year-old vintage dated version is now made.
- And the rule of the thumb is; the longer the cheese takes to mature, the sharper or stronger the taste it develops.
- 2(Of an insurance policy, security, etc.) reach the end of its term and hence become payable: when the policy matures it pays off the loanMore example sentences
- Of the total debt stock, 80 per cent was private debt and almost 36 per cent was short term, maturing in 12 months or less.
- It's reckoned that the average policy yet to mature will come up several thousand pounds short.
- If I didn't trust the stock market to create a lump sum to pay off my home loan when it matured, then why on earth did I trust it to produce enough for my retirement pot at the end of my working life?
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- One person may be able to watch or do something very maturely where another person older than them may not be able to handle the same situation.
- Try talking seriously and maturely to your mum.
- Some of us act maturely and some act immaturely.
late Middle English: from Latin maturus 'timely, ripe'; perhaps related to matins.