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MATURE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does mature mean? 

MATURE (adjective)
  The adjective MATURE has 5 senses:

1. characteristic of maturity
2. fully considered and perfected
3. having reached full natural growth or development
4. fully developed or matured and ready to be eaten or used
5. (of birds) having developed feathers or plumage; often used in combination

  Familiarity information: MATURE used as an adjective is common.


MATURE (verb)
  The verb MATURE has 6 senses:

1. develop and reach maturity; undergo maturation
2. develop and work out fully in one's mind
3. become due for repayment
4. cause to ripen or develop fully
5. grow old or older
6. cause to ripen and discharge pus

  Familiarity information: MATURE used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


MATURE (adjective)


Sense 1mature [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Characteristic of maturity

Context example:

mature for her age

Similar:

ripe (at the highest point of development especially in judgment or knowledge)

mellow; mellowed (having attained to kindliness or gentleness through age and experience)

autumnal (characteristic of late maturity verging on decline)

Antonym:

immature (characteristic of a lack of maturity)


Sense 2mature [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Fully considered and perfected

Synonyms:

mature; matured

Context example:

mature plans

Similar:

developed (being changed over time so as to be e.g. stronger or more complete or more useful)


Sense 3mature [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having reached full natural growth or development

Context example:

a mature cell

Similar:

meridian; prime (being at the best stage of development)

overblown (past the stage of full bloom)

marriageable; nubile (of girls or women who are eligible to marry)

headed (of leafy vegetables; having formed into a head)

full-blown; matured (fully ripe; at the height of bloom)

fruiting (capable of bearing fruit)

abloom; efflorescent (bursting into flower)

adult; big; full-grown; fully grown; grown; grownup ((of animals) fully developed)

Also:

old ((used especially of persons) having lived for a relatively long time or attained a specific age)

Attribute:

matureness; maturity (state of being mature; full development)

age (how long something has existed)

Antonym:

immature (not yet mature)


Sense 4mature [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Fully developed or matured and ready to be eaten or used

Synonyms:

ripe; mature

Context examples:

ripe peaches / full-bodied mature wines

Similar:

aged; ripened (of wines, fruit, cheeses; having reached a desired or final condition; ('aged' pronounced as one syllable))

mellow; mellowed (having a full and pleasing flavor through proper aging)

overripe (too ripe and beginning to turn soft)


Sense 5mature [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(of birds) having developed feathers or plumage; often used in combination

Synonyms:

fledged; mature

Similar:

fledgeling; fledgling ((of a young bird) having acquired its flight feathers)

full-fledged; fully fledged ((of a bird) having reached full development with fully grown adult plumage; ready to fly)


MATURE (verb)


Sense 1mature [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Develop and reach maturity; undergo maturation

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

mature; maturate; grow

Context examples:

He matured fast / The child grew fast

Hypernyms (to "mature" is one way to...):

develop (grow, progress, unfold, or evolve through a process of evolution, natural growth, differentiation, or a conducive environment)

"Mature" entails doing...:

age; get on; maturate; mature; senesce (grow old or older)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "mature"):

ripen (grow ripe)

find; find oneself (accept and make use of one's personality, abilities, and situation)

grow up (become an adult)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s

Sentence example:

Sam and Sue mature


Sense 2mature [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Develop and work out fully in one's mind

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Context example:

I need to mature my thoughts

Hypernyms (to "mature" is one way to...):

develop; explicate; formulate (elaborate, as of theories and hypotheses)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 3mature [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Become due for repayment

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

These bonds mature in 2005

Hypernyms (to "mature" is one way to...):

change (undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


Sense 4mature [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause to ripen or develop fully

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

ripen; mature

Context examples:

The sun ripens the fruit / Age matures a good wine

Hypernyms (to "mature" is one way to...):

alter; change; modify (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation)

Cause:

ripen (grow ripe)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


Sense 5mature [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Grow old or older

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

senesce; age; maturate; mature; get on

Context examples:

She aged gracefully / we age every day--what a depressing thought! / Young men senesce

Hypernyms (to "mature" is one way to...):

develop (grow, progress, unfold, or evolve through a process of evolution, natural growth, differentiation, or a conducive environment)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "mature"):

turn (become officially one year older)

fossilise; fossilize (become mentally inflexible)

dote (be foolish or senile due to old age)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s


Sense 6mature [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause to ripen and discharge pus

Classified under:

Verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care

Synonyms:

suppurate; mature

Context example:

The oil suppurates the pustules

Hypernyms (to "mature" is one way to...):

draw (cause to localize at one point)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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