Date: 1300-1400
Language: Latin
Origin: maturus


1 adjective
Related topics: Arts, Finance, Food, Drink


someone, especially a child or young person, who is mature behaves in a sensible and reasonable way, as you would expect an adult to behave [≠ immature]:
Laura is very mature for her age.
We're mature enough to disagree on this issue but still respect each other.

fully grown

fully grown and developed:
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.

wine/cheese etc

DFDFD British English mature cheese, wine etc has a good strong taste which has developed during a long period of time:
mature cheddar


a polite or humorous way of describing someone who is no longer young [= middle-aged]:
wedding fashions for mature brides
a respectable gentleman of mature years.

novel/painting etc

A 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.

on mature reflection/consideration

formal after thinking carefully and sensibly about something for a long time:
On mature reflection we have decided to decline their offer.


a mature bond or policy is ready to be paid

mature market/industry

technical a mature industry or market is one where growth is quite low and there are fewer competitors than before
maturely adverb:
If you want us to treat you as an adult, you have to act maturely.

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