• WordNet 3.6
    • adj mature fully considered and perfected "mature plans"
    • adj mature (of birds) having developed feathers or plumage; often used in combination
    • adj mature having reached full natural growth or development "a mature cell"
    • adj mature characteristic of maturity "mature for her age"
    • adj mature fully developed or matured and ready to be eaten or used "ripe peaches","full-bodied mature wines"
    • v mature cause to ripen and discharge pus "The oil suppurates the pustules"
    • v mature grow old or older "She aged gracefully","we age every day--what a depressing thought!","Young men senesce"
    • v mature cause to ripen or develop fully "The sun ripens the fruit","Age matures a good wine"
    • v mature develop and reach maturity; undergo maturation "He matured fast","The child grew fast"
    • v mature become due for repayment "These bonds mature in 2005"
    • v mature develop and work out fully in one's mind "I need to mature my thoughts"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The average steer reaches sexual maturity six months after birth.
    • Mature 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.""How shall I meet, or how accost, the sage,
      Unskilled in speech, nor yet mature of age?"
    • Mature Come to, or in a state of, completed suppuration.
    • Mature 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."
    • Mature Hence, to become due, as a note.
    • Mature Of or pertaining to a condition of full development; as, a man of mature years.
    • Mature To advance toward maturity; to become ripe; as, wine matures by age; the judgment matures by age and experience.
    • v. t Mature To bring or hasten to maturity; to promote ripeness in; to ripen; to complete; as, to mature one's plans.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: There is a sea squirt (found in the seas near Japan) that digests its own brain. When the sea squirt is mature it permanently attaches itself to a rock. At this point it does not need to move anymore and has no need for a brain.
    • mature Complete in natural growth or development; fully grown or ripened; ripe: as, mature grain or fruit; a person of mature age; mature in judgment.
    • mature Completely elaborated or prepared; brought to maturity; ready for use or execution; fully evolved; ample; thorough: as, a result of mature deliberation.
    • mature In medicine, in a state of perfect suppuration.
    • mature In com., become payable; having reached the time fixed for payment; fully due.
    • mature Synonyms and Mature, Ripe, digested, well-considered. Mature and ripe both primarily denote the result of the process of physical growth. Ripe emphasizes simply the result: the fruit needs no more nourishment from the stock, and further change will be to over-ripeness and decay. Mature combines with the idea of the result the further suggestion of the process by which the result was reached. Further, ripe always seems figurative when applied to anything besides fruit, especially fruit growing above ground: to speak of a ripe scholar, or a ripened judgment, is distinctly figurative. Mature, on the other hand, seems quite as literal now in the secondary as in the primary sense. The same distinction exists between the verbs and between the nouns corresponding to these adjectives.
    • mature To cause to ripen; bring to maturity: as, to mature ale.
    • mature To elaborate or carry to completion; make ripe or ready for use or action: as, to mature one's plans.
    • mature In medicine, to bring to a state of perfect suppuration; maturate.
    • mature To come to a state of ripeness; become ripe or perfect: as, wine matures by age or by agitation in a long voyage; the judgment matures by age and experience.
    • mature In com., to reach the time fixed for payment, or for payment of the principal, as distinguished from instalments of interest: as, a bill matures on a certain date.
    • mature In medicine, to come to a state of perfect suppuration. =Syn. 1. Mature, Ripen. See comparison under mature, a.
    • mature In physical geography and geology, noting the stage of maximum development; specifically, rioting a stage in the cycle of erosion when the fullest development of variety in forms and of activity in processes is attained.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The giant sequoia, which produces millions of seeds, can take 175 to 200 years to flower. No other organism takes this long to mature sexually.
    • adj Mature ma-tūr′ grown to its full size: perfected: ripe:
    • v.t Mature to ripen: to bring to perfection: to prepare for use
    • v.i Mature to become ripe: to become payable, as a bill
    • adj Mature ma-tūr′ (med.) come to suppuration: fully digested, as a plan
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  • Alice Walker
    “It is healthier, in any case, to write for the adults one's children will become than for the children one's mature critics often are.”
  • Alfred North Whitehead
    “An enormous part of our mature experience cannot not be expressed in words.”
  • Edward Weeks
    Edward Weeks
    “To live with fear and not be afraid is the final test of maturity.”
  • R. D. Laing
    “We are all murderers and prostitutes --no matter to what culture, society, class, nation one belongs, no matter how normal, moral, or mature, one takes oneself to be.”
  • Paul Mccartney
    Paul Mccartney
    “Imagination grows by exercise, and contrary to common belief, is more powerful in the mature than in the young.”
  • Stanislaw J. Lec
    Stanislaw J. Lec
    “Intelligence, in diapers, is invisible. And when it matures, out the window it flies. We have to pounce on it earlier.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. maturus,; prob. akin to E. matin,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. maturus, ripe.


In literature:

He desired peace until his eastern plans were fully matured.
"The Life of Napoleon I (Volumes, 1 and 2)" by John Holland Rose
Man should be all-sufficient now; a single day should bring him to maturity.
"The Poetry Of Robert Browning" by Stopford A. Brooke
It is '48 over again, said he, but with matured actors.
"The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Volume II" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
This system has not yet come to maturity, but it is unfolded, and we may rely upon the instructions given to Colonel Brandt.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
Grumann, P. H. Ibsen in his maturity.
"Henrik Ibsen" by Ina Ten Eyck Firkins
By her he had five sons and two daughters, who lived to maturity.
"Salem Witchcraft, Volumes I and II" by Charles Upham
It was a Yellow Transparent, and they came to maturity very well.
"Trees, Fruits and Flowers of Minnesota, 1916" by Various
That is, the fruit requires two seasons for growth, maturing its seeds the second September.
"Growing Nuts in the North" by Carl Weschcke
Fifty bushels and upwards are often obtained from the mature apple trees.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the" by Various
Now they awaited the rains in order to complete growth and prepare for maturity.
"The Delight Makers" by Adolf Bandelier

In poetry:

Yet Time matured to mellow wine
The Roman-Gothic must,
For Mercy and a Maid Divine
Subdued the hate and lust:
"Dominions Of The Boundary" by Bernard O Dowd
She lived… I, afar in the city
Of frenzy-led factions,
Had squandered green years and maturer
In bowing the knee
"My Cicely" by Thomas Hardy
Thou canst not toil in vain:
Cold, heat, and moist, and dry,
Shall foster and mature the grain
For garners in the sky.
"The Field of the World" by James Montgomery
A little while, the bitter morrow
Of man's maturer age
Will shake the soul with cankering sorrow,
And passion's stormy rage!
"Hymn 10. First Sunday After Epiphany. No. II." by Reginald Heber
"It is Hope's spell that glorifies
Like youth to my maturer eyes
All Nature's million mysteries--
The fearful and the fair–
"How beautiful the Earth is still" by Emily Jane Bronte
"Growth, maturity, decadence,--
Form mankind's unchanging role,
And the dead past's sombre ruins
Are prophetic of the whole."
"Discouragement" by John Lawson Stoddard

In news:

At retirement community Millennium Manor, four mature and feisty gals have formed a singing group called the Broads , and perform in an annual variety show — which we're seeing.
The Brood (1979) may reasonably be considered the first of David Cronenberg's mature films.
Justin Bieber's video for 'Boyfriend' is his most mature to date, since his fans are growing and evolving with him.
Limited Number of Purina ONE Vibrant Maturity 7+ Dry Cat Food .
Nestlé Purina PetCare Company (NPPC) is voluntarily recalling a limited number of 3.5- and 7-pound bags of its Purina ONE Vibrant Maturity 7+ Dry Cat Food from a single production run and shipped to customers in 12 states in December 2010.
The whole lot is 12,188 square feet and features mature fruit trees.
Fiona Apple's first CD in seven years shows angst-ridden singer has matured .
Musically matured , road-tested and ready to win you over again.
Conda is maturing a lot this season, and shows she has the potential win this season.
Nationals' Gio Gonzalez matured into a pitcher and a friend with Oakland Athletics.
Even his musical tastes are mature .
To watch them grow, mature and become confident in their performances in such a short time was truly an inspirational process.
Maturing Belgian biotechs outshine European peers.
Does your mirror reflect a mature Christian.
Woodford Reserve bourbon is drained from a "maturation vessel" -- a.k.a.

In science:

The development of specific PC study tools has allowed that several of the studies have now reached the necessary maturity.
Physics at a gamma gamma, e gamma and e-e- Option for a Linear Collider
Since there is no mature theory of non-linear reservoirs, the straightforward way to achieve such a generalization is the formal inclusion of key degrees of freedom of the reservoir, e.g., some prominent vibrational modes, in the open system.
Simulating spin-boson dynamics with stochastic Liouville-von Neumann equations
With an ever growing list of sources in the TeV catalog, it is clear that the discipline has now reached some level of maturity.
TeV Gamma-ray Observations and the Origin of Cosmic Rays: I
The clearest evidence that TeV gamma-ray astronomy is a mature scientific discipline comes from consideration of the catalog of blazars detected at TeV energies ; this is summarized in Table 2.
TeV Gamma-ray Observations and the Origin of Cosmic Rays: I
There have been a number of prior initial attempts to formulate such a data model, with perhaps the most mature and insightful being that put forth by McDowell etal, [1,2].
Proposal for a quantity based data model in the Virtual Observatory