mature

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See also: mâture

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle French mature, from Latin mātūrus.

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mature (comparative maturer or more mature, superlative maturest or most mature)

  1. Fully developed; grown up in terms of physical appearance, behaviour or thinking; ripe.
    She is quite mature for her age.
  2. Profound; careful.
    The headmaster decided to expel the boy after a mature consideration.
  3. (obsolete) Come to, or in a state of, completed suppuration.

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Verb[edit]

mature (third-person singular simple present matures, present participle maturing, simple past and past participle matured)

  1. (intransitive, of food, especially fruit) To become mature; to ripen.
  2. (intransitive) To gain experience or wisdom with age.
  3. (transitive) To make something mature.
    • 2009, Hugh Findlay, Practical Gardening, Vegetables and Fruits
      There are certain vegetables like the tomato which require a long period to mature the fruit, and these must be started several weeks before the frosts have passed.
  4. (intransitive, finance) To reach the date when payment is due

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Latin mātūrus. Doublet of mûr.

Adjective[edit]

mature (plural matures)

  1. (of a person) mature

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Italian[edit]

Adjective[edit]

mature f pl

  1. feminine plural of maturo

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Latin[edit]

Adjective[edit]

mātūre

  1. vocative masculine singular of mātūrus

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Verb[edit]

mature

  1. first-person singular present subjunctive of maturar
  2. third-person singular present subjunctive of maturar
  3. third-person singular imperative of maturar