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Meaning of MATURE

Pronunciation:  mu'tyûur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  fully considered and perfected; "mature plans"
  2. [adj]  (of birds) having developed feathers or plumage; often used in combination
  3. [adj]  having reached full natural growth or development; "a mature cell"
  4. [adj]  characteristic of maturity; "mature for her age"
  5. [adj]  fully developed or matured and ready to be eaten or used; "ripe peaches"; "full-bodies mature wines"
  6. [v]  cause to ripen and discharge pus; "The oil suppurates the pustules"
  7. [v]  grow old or older; "She aged gracefully"; "we age every day--what a depressing thought!"
  8. [v]  cause to ripen or develop fully; "The sun ripens the fruit"; "Age matures a good wine"
  9. [v]  develop and reach maturity; undergo maturation; "He matured fast"; "The child grew fast"
  10. [v]  become due for repayment; "These bonds mature in 2005"
  11. [v]  develop and work out fully in one's mind; "I need to mature my thoughts"

MATURE is a 6 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: abloom, adult, age, aged, autumnal, big, developed, efflorescent, fledged, fledgeling(a), fledgling(a), flowering, fruiting, full-blown, full-fledged, full-grown, fully fledged, fully grown, get on, grow, grown, grownup, headed, marriageable, maturate, matured, mellow, mellowed, nubile, overblown, overripe, prime, ripe, ripen, ripened, suppurate
 Antonyms: green, immature, unfledged, unripe, unripened
 See Also: alter, change, develop, develop, dote, draw, explicate, find, find oneself, formulate, fossilise, fossilize, grow up, mature, old, turn



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ma*ture"\, a. [Compar. {Maturer}; superl. {Maturest}.]
    [L. maturus; prob. akin to E. matin.]
    1. Brought by natural process to completeness of growth and
       development; fitted by growth and development for any
       function, action, or state, appropriate to its kind;
       full-grown; ripe.
             Now is love mature in ear.            --Tennison.
             How shall I meet, or how accost, the sage, Unskilled
             in speech, nor yet mature of age ?    --Pope.
    2. Completely worked out; fully digested or prepared; ready
       for action; made ready for destined application or use;
       perfected; as, a mature plan.
             This lies glowing, . . . and is almost mature for
             the violent breaking out.             --Shak.
    3. Of or pertaining to a condition of full development; as, a
       man of mature years.
    4. Come to, or in a state of, completed suppuration.
    Syn: Ripe; perfect; completed; prepared; digested; ready.
    Usage: {Mature}, {Ripe}. Both words describe fullness of
           growth. Mature brings to view the progressiveness of
           the process; ripe indicates the result. We speak of a
           thing as mature when thinking of the successive stayes
           through which it has passed; as ripe, when our
           attention is directed merely to its state. A mature
           judgment; mature consideration; ripe fruit; a ripe
  2. \Ma*ture"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Matured}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Maturing}.] [See {Maturate}, {Mature}.]
    To bring or hasten to maturity; to promote ripeness in; to
    ripen; to complete; as, to mature one's plans. --Bacon.
  3. \Ma*ture"\, v. i.
    1. To advance toward maturity; to become ripe; as, wine
       matures by age; the judgment matures by age and
    2. Hence, to become due, as a note.
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: Classification for streams which have established flat gradients not subject to further scour.
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