(adjective, verb)


1. characteristic of maturity

- mature for her age

Similar word(s): autumnal, ripe

2. fully considered and perfected

- mature plans

Similar word(s): developed, matured

3. having reached full natural growth or development

- a mature cell

Similar word(s): adult, big, grown, grownup, abloom, efflorescent, fruiting, matured, headed, marriageable, nubile, overblown, meridian, prime, old

4. fully developed or matured and ready to be eaten or used

- full-bodied mature wines

Similar word(s): aged, ripened, mellow, mellowed, overripe, ripe

5. (of birds) having developed feathers or plumage; often used in combination

Similar word(s): fledgeling, fledgling, fledged

Sentences with mature as an adjective:

- She is quite mature for her age.

- The headmaster decided to expel the boy after a mature consideration.


1. develop and reach maturity; undergo maturation

- He matured fast

Similar word(s): grow, maturate

Definition categories: change, develop

2. develop and work out fully in one's mind

- I need to mature my thoughts

Definition categories: communication, develop, explicate, formulate

3. become due for repayment

- These bonds mature in 2005

Definition categories: change

4. cause to ripen or develop fully

- Age matures a good wine

Similar word(s): ripen

Definition categories: change, alter, modify

5. grow old or older

Similar word(s): age, maturate, senesce

Definition categories: change, develop

6. cause to ripen and discharge pus

Similar word(s): suppurate

Definition categories: body, draw