Definitions of mature

  1. ( of birds) having developed feathers or plumage; often used in combination
  2. develop and work out fully in one's mind; " I need to mature my thoughts"
  3. fully considered and perfected; " mature plans"
  4. having reached full natural growth or development; " a mature cell"
  5. characteristic of maturity; " mature for her age"
  6. fully developed or matured and ready to be eaten or used; " ripe peaches"; " full- bodies mature wines"
  7. cause to ripen and discharge pus; " The oil suppurates the pustules"
  8. cause to ripen or develop fully; " The sun ripens the fruit"; " Age matures a good wine"
  9. grow old or older; " She aged gracefully"; " we age every day-- what a depressing thought!"; " Young men senesce"
  10. become due for repayment; " These bonds mature in 2005"
  11. 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.
  12. Completely worked out; fully digested or prepared; ready for action; made ready for destined application or use; perfected; as, a mature plan.
  13. Of or pertaining to a condition of full development; as, a man of mature years.
  14. Come to, or in a state of, completed suppuration.
  15. To bring or hasten to maturity; to promote ripeness in; to ripen; to complete; as, to mature one's plans.
  16. To advance toward maturity; to become ripe; as, wine matures by age; the judgment matures by age and experience.
  17. Hence, to become due, as a note.
  18. To become ripe.
  19. To bring or hasten to full growth.
  20. Ripe; full- grown; completely developed; perfected; ready for use.
  21. maturer.
  22. Maturest.
  23. Grown to its full size: perfected: ripe: ( med.) come to suppuration: fully digested, as a plan.
  24. To ripen: to bring to perfection: to prepare for use.
  25. To become ripe: to become payable, as a bill.
  27. Full- grown; ripe; perfected.
  28. To become ripe; fall due.
  29. To ripen; perfect.
  30. To cause to ripen; bring to maturity.
  31. Fully developed; ripe.
  32. Com. Due and payable.
  33. To ripen; to bring to perfection.
  34. Perfected in growth or development; ripe; completed: ready; come to suppuration; now payable.
  35. To become ripe; to become payable.
  36. Ripe; arrived at fulness or completion; well digested and ready for execution, as a scheme.
  37. To promote ripeness; to advance toward ripeness or perfection; to become ripe.

Usage examples for mature

  1. If the gardener, or a pretty girl- cousin of the mature age of fourteen, would put the worm on, I did not " much mind" fishing with it. – Angling Sketches by Andrew Lang
  2. I suppose this change would have come in any circumstances, after a while, for girls of seventeen are generally more mature than boys of the same age; but the change was more decided in Shenac because of the care that had fallen on her so early. – Shenac's Work at Home by Margaret Murray Robertson
  3. Mature males were numerous in the area and she was visited by at least two. – Ecological Observations on the Woodrat, Neotoma floridana by Henry S. Fitch Dennis G. Rainey
  4. Lily would have deemed that she was a very mature woman, who had seen life and much of it. – The Old Wives' Tale by Arnold Bennett
  5. It is surely worthy of remark that the chief leaders of the Evangelical Revival were converted in mature life, not after a wild and reckless, but after a more than commonly religious youth. – Fletcher of Madeley by Frederic W. Macdonald
  6. " Yes, I know, my dear," the woman replied, and her mature face glowed tenderly. – Gold Out of Celebes by Aylward Edward Dingle
  7. But ask any of these girls, in her mature years, when her own daughters are growing up around her, if she wants them to pass through the same experiences. – What a Young Woman Ought to Know by Mary Wood-Allen
  8. Before Yezonkai had time to mature his plans for his new invasion of Katay, he fell sick and died. – Genghis Khan, Makers of History Series by Jacob Abbott
  9. Experiments have been made with mature University students by which they have been kept awake ninety- six hours. – Four-Dimensional Vistas by Claude Fayette Bragdon
  10. " Well, we needn't give it out to the press; at least, not until after mature consideration," he declared when they had reached the end of Partow's appeal. – The Last Shot by Frederick Palmer
  11. Which seems to mature most quickly? – Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study by Ontario Ministry of Education
  12. In fact, he declared that Russia would not be buying bonds that do not mature for twelve years to come. – The Prince of Graustark by George Barr McCutcheon
  13. It is not mature enough yet to be called a plan. – The Letters of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett, Vol. 1 (of 2) 1845-1846 by Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett
  14. " But you can't go to the mill," I said, with the mature authority of six. – Neighbours by Robert Stead
  15. She regarded him an instant with sudden, very mature gaze. – A Man and His Money by Frederic Stewart Isham
  16. He also knew how to prize her beauty and her singing, but the ardent passion which had taken possession of him in his mature years was for Cleopatra alone. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  17. After getting herself up in her most mature fashion to be mistaken for Sissy! – The Madigans by Miriam Michelson
  18. Many a man in this day, long familiar with Christian teaching, has found himself made over again in mature life, when his heart has grasped Christ. – The Expositor's Bible: Colossians and Philemon by Alexander Maclaren
  19. Would he mature and take his place in society? – Cost of Living by Robert Sheckley