Meaning of premature

pre•ma•ture

Pronunciation: (prē"mu-choor', -toor', -tyoor', prē'mu-choor" or, esp. Brit., prem"u-, prem'u-), [key]
— adj.
  1. occurring, coming, or done too soon: a premature announcement.
  2. mature or ripe before the proper time.
—n.
  1. a premature infant.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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