Definition of


  1. (verb, body) cause to ripen and discharge pus
  2. (verb, change) grow old or older
    we age every day--what a depressing thought!
    Young men senesce
  3. (verb, change) cause to ripen or develop fully
    Age matures a good wine
  4. (verb, change) develop and reach maturity; undergo maturation
    The child grew fast
  5. (verb, change) become due for repayment
  6. (verb, communication) develop and work out fully in one's mind
  7. (adj, all) fully considered and perfected
  8. (adj, all) (of birds) having developed feathers or plumage; often used in combination
  9. (adj, all) having reached full natural growth or development
  10. (adj, all) characteristic of maturity
  11. (adj, all) fully developed or matured and ready to be eaten or used
    full-bodied mature wines

via WordNet, Princeton University

Antonyms of Mature


Origin of the word Mature

  1. late 14c., from L. maturare "to ripen," from maturus "ripe, timely, early," related to manus "good" and mane "early, of the morning" (see ma?ana). The financial sense of "reach the time for payment" is from 1861. The adj. is first recorded mid-15c., from the noun. Related: Matured; maturing. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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