mature Definition

  • 1fully developed physically, mentally, or emotionally
  • 2having reached the most advanced stage in a process or evolution
  • 3ripe and ready to be eaten or used

Using mature: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "mature" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She is very mature for her age.

  • Example

    The company's business model has matured over the years.

  • Example

    The wine needs time to mature before it can be consumed.

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    He has a mature understanding of the situation.

mature Synonyms and Antonyms

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Antonyms for mature

Idioms Using mature

  • come of age/mature

    reach adulthood or full maturity


    He came of age during the war and had to grow up quickly.

  • the ability to make wise decisions based on experience and careful thought


    The judge praised the defendant's mature judgment in handling the situation.

  • mature beyond one's years

    having a level of maturity that is greater than what is typical for someone of one's age


    She has always been mature beyond her years, taking on responsibilities that most teenagers would shy away from.

Phrases with mature

  • a student who is older than the average student, often returning to education after a period of work


    The university offers a range of courses for mature students.

  • a market that has reached its peak and is no longer growing rapidly


    The smartphone industry is now a mature market.

  • cheese that has been left to ripen for a long time, giving it a stronger flavor


    I prefer mature cheddar cheese over mild cheddar.

Origins of mature

from Latin 'maturus', meaning 'timely, ripe'


Summary: mature in Brief

The adjective 'mature' [məˈtjʊə(r)] describes something that is fully developed, advanced, or ripe. It can refer to physical, mental, or emotional development, as well as the completion of a process or evolution. Examples include 'She is very mature for her age,' and 'The wine needs time to mature before it can be consumed.' Idioms like 'come of age/mature' denote reaching adulthood or full maturity, while 'mature beyond one's years' implies a level of maturity greater than one's age.

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