maturema‧ture1 /məˈtʃʊə $ -ˈtʃʊr/ ●●○AWL adjective 🔊 🔊 1sensibleSENSIBLE someone, especially a child or young person, who is maturebehaves in a sensible and reasonable way, as you would expect an adult to behave opp immature 🔊 Laura is very mature for her age. 🔊 We’re mature enough to disagree on this issue but still respect each other.2fully grownADULT fully grown and developed opp immature 🔊 Mature apple trees are typically 20 feet tall. 🔊 The new leader wants his country to be seen as a mature democracy. 🔊 The human brain isn’t fully mature until about age 25.physically/emotionally/sexually mature 🔊 Most girls are sexually mature by about 14 years of age.3wine/cheese etcDFDFD British English mature cheese, wine etc has a good strong taste which has developed during a long period of time opp mild 🔊 mature cheddar4olderADULT a polite or humorous way of describing someone who is no longer young syn middle-aged 🔊 wedding fashions for mature brides 🔊 a respectable gentleman of mature years5novel/painting etcA a mature piece of work by a writer or an artist is done late in their life and shows a high level of understanding or skill 🔊 His mature work reveals a deep sense of enjoyment of nature.6 →on mature reflection/consideration7BFfinancial a mature bond or policy is ready to be paid8 →mature market/industry —maturely adverb 🔊 If you want us to treat you as an adult, you have to act maturely.
maturemature2 ●○○AWL verb 🔊 🔊 1[intransitive]ADULT to become fully grown or developed 🔊 As the fish matures, its colours and patternings change.mature into 🔊 She has matured into a fine writer.2[intransitive]SENSIBLE to become sensible and start to behave sensibly and reasonably, like an adult 🔊 He has matured a lot since he left home. 🔊 He wants to prove just how much he has matured both as a player and as a man.3[intransitive]DF if a financialarrangement such as a bond or an insurancepolicy matures, it becomes ready to be paid4[intransitive, transitive]DFDFD if cheese, wine etc matures, or if it is matured, it develops a good strong taste over a period of time 🔊 Few beers brewed in Britain are matured in the bottle. 🔊 The olives are pulped, then left to mature.→ See Verb table
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mature• A tree takes many years to mature.• Some early doubts as to the applicability of that privilege before a legislativecommittee never matured.• This was mid-June, and in the nearbyfields, next season s crops were maturing.• This will probably develop as he matures.• It starts with a potentaperitif called Mulsum which takes twenty four hours to mature.• Any project involving rockets is always risky, but the technology is maturing all the time.• The 13-week billsmatureApril 4,1996, and the 26-week bills mature July 5,1996.• These bonds mature in 12 years.• The flymatures in only seven days.• John's really matured in the last two years.• Girlstend to mature more quickly than boys, both physically and emotionally.• In the hotweather the fruit matured quickly.• Corn needs longer to mature than soybeans.• The haulm must be allowed to mature to increase the drymattercontent.From Longman Business Dictionarymaturema‧ture1 /məˈtʃʊə-ˈtʊr/ verb [intransitive]1FINANCE if a financial arrangement such as a bond or an INSURANCE POLICY matures, it becomes ready to be paidThe debentures will mature in five years’ time.2to become fully developedThe country’s economy has matured and become more open to competition.3ECONOMICSif an industry or market matures, it stops growing as fast as before, and the number of competitorsdecreasesWhen the market begins to mature, it is increasingly difficult for new entrants to gain a significant position.→ See Verb tablematuremature2 adjectiveECONOMICSa mature industry or market is one where growth is relatively low and there are fewer competitors than beforeMany emerging markets have outpaced (=developed more quickly than) more mature markets such as the U.S. and Japan.