mature: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (mu-toor', -tyoor', -choor', -chûr'), [key]
— adj., v., -tur•er, -tur•est, -tured, -tur•ing.
- complete in natural growth or development, as plant and animal forms: a mature rose bush.
- ripe, as fruit, or fully aged, as cheese or wine.
- fully developed in body or mind, as a person: a mature woman.
- pertaining to or characteristic of full development: a mature appearance; fruit with a mature softness.
- completed, perfected, or elaborated in full by the mind: mature plans.
- (of an industry, technology, market, etc.) no longer developing or expanding; having little or no potential for further growth or expansion; exhausted or saturated.
- intended for or restricted to adults, esp. by reason of explicit sexual content or the inclusion of violence or obscene language: mature movies.
- composed of adults, considered as being less susceptible than minors to explicit sexual content, violence, or obscene language, as of a film or stage performance: for mature audiences only.
- having reached the limit of its time; having become payable or due: a mature bond.
- a mature boil.
- having attained definitive form or function, as by maturation of an epithelium from a basal layer.
- having attained the end stage of a normal or abnormal biological process:a mature boil.
- (of a landscape) exhibiting the stage of maximum topographical diversity, as in the cycle of erosion of a land surface.
- to make mature; ripen, as fruit or cheese.
- to bring to full development: His hard experiences in the city matured him.
- to complete or perfect.
- to become mature; ripen, as fruit or cheese.
- to come to full development: Our plans have not yet matured.
- to become due, as a note.
- mature (Thesaurus)