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mature

ma·ture

mature

 
 
pronunciation:
m chur [or] m tur
parts of speech:
adjective, transitive verb, intransitive verb
features:
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: fully grown or developed, as a plant, animal, or human.
A mature cat is capable of having kittens.The height of a mature oak tree can be over one hundred feet.
synonyms:
adult, grown
antonyms:
immature, young
similar words:
big, full-fledged, grown-up, ripe
definition 2: of humans, relating to or characteristic of full mental or physical development.
He used to be a sore loser, but he's starting to develop a more mature attitude now.She's only fourteen, but she has a mature appearance.
antonyms:
adolescent, callow, childish, immature, juvenile, puerile, young
similar words:
adult, grown-up, mellow, seasoned
definition 3: ripe or properly aged, as fruit, wine, or cheese.
A mature cheese has a richer flavor.
synonyms:
ripe
antonyms:
unripe
similar words:
aged, mellow
definition 4: thought out completely; perfected.
Let's wait till we have a mature plan of action.
synonyms:
full-blown
antonyms:
underdeveloped, young
similar words:
developed, perfect, perfected, ripe
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: matured, matures, maturing
definition 1: to cause to ripen or develop fully; bring to maturity.
This winery matures its wine in oak barrels.
synonyms:
ripen
similar words:
age, mellow, season
definition 2: to work out or think out completely; perfect.
It took several weeks to mature the plan.
synonyms:
perfect
similar words:
complete, finish, ripen, work out
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to come to full or complete physical development.
Girls mature more rapidly than boys.
synonyms:
grow up
similar words:
evolve
definition 2: to age or ripen, as wine or cheese.
They'll let the wine mature in the cellar before being bottled.
synonyms:
ripen
similar words:
age, maturate
definition 3: to be due for payment, as a note or bond.
These bonds will mature in ten years.
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derivations: maturely (adv.), matureness (n.)