- the process of maturing or ripening
- the development of ova and spermatozoa from precursor cells in the ovary and testis, involving meiosis
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- the act or process of maturating.
- Medieval Latin mātūrātiōn- (stem of mātūrātiō). See maturate, -ion
- Middle English: suppuration 1350–1400
- fully developed in body or mind:mature enough to take care of herself when she came home from school.
- complete in development:The wine is fully mature.
- intended for or composed of adults:[before a noun]mature subjects; a movie for mature audiences.
- Businesspayable; due:a mature bond.
- to (cause to) become mature: [no object]The wine had matured beautifully.[~ + object]Experience has matured him.
- to become due:[no object]The bond had matured and was worth $50.
- mature is an adjective and a verb, maturity is a noun:She's very mature for her age. The plants matured and grew. Face your problems with maturity.
- 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:a mature woman.
- 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.
- Business(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, esp. 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.
- Business[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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Latin mātūrus ripe, timely, early; akin to manes, matutinal
- late Middle English 1400–50
- 1, 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged aged, grown, adult.
- 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See ripe.
- 5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged ready, prepared.
- 12, 15.See corresponding entry in Unabridged age, develop.
- 1, 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged childish, raw, green, young.