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English adjective: mature

1. mature characteristic of maturity


SamplesMature for her age.


Similarautumnal, mellow, mellowed, ripe


Antonymsimmature

2. mature fully considered and perfected


SamplesMature plans.


Synonymsmatured


Similardeveloped


Antonymsundeveloped

3. mature having reached full natural growth or development


SamplesA mature cell.


Similarabloom, adult, big, efflorescent, fruiting, full-blown, full-grown, fully grown, grown, grownup, headed, marriageable, matured, meridian, nubile, overblown, prime


See alsoold


Attributeage, matureness, maturity


Antonymsimmature

4. mature fully developed or matured and ready to be eaten or used


SamplesRipe peaches.
Full-bodied mature wines.


Synonymsripe


Similaraged, mellow, mellowed, overripe, ripened


Antonymsunripe, unripened, green, immature

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


Synonymsfledged


Similarfledgeling, fledgling, full-fledged, fully fledged


Antonymsunfledged, immature


English verb: mature

1. mature (change) develop and reach maturity; undergo maturation


SamplesHe matured fast.
The child grew fast.


ExamplesSam and Sue mature


Synonymsgrow, maturate


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)develop


Narrower (hyponym)find, find oneself, grow up, ripen


Entailage, get on, maturate, mature, senesce

2. mature (communication) develop and work out fully in one's mind


SamplesI need to mature my thoughts.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)develop, explicate, formulate

3. mature (change) become due for repayment


SamplesThese bonds mature in 2005.


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)change

4. mature (change) cause to ripen or develop fully


SamplesThe sun ripens the fruit.
Age matures a good wine.


Synonymsripen


Pattern of useSomething ----s something


Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify


Causeripen

5. mature (change) grow old or older


SamplesShe aged gracefully.
We age every day--what a depressing thought!.
Young men senesce.


Synonymsage, get on, maturate, senesce


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)develop


Narrower (hyponym)dote, fossilise, fossilize, turn

6. mature (body) cause to ripen and discharge pus


SamplesThe oil suppurates the pustules.


Synonymssuppurate


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)draw


Verb groupfester, maturate, suppurate









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