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English adjective: mature

1. mature characteristic of maturity

SamplesMature for her age.

Similarautumnal, mellow, mellowed, ripe


2. mature fully considered and perfected

SamplesMature plans.




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


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

SamplesRipe peaches.
Full-bodied mature wines.


Similaraged, mellow, mellowed, overripe, ripened

Antonymsunripe, unripened, green, immature

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


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.


Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify


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.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)draw

Verb groupfester, maturate, suppurate

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