ma|ture1 [məˈtʃuə US -ˈtʃur] adj
2¦(fully grown)¦
3¦(wine/cheese etc)¦
5¦(novel/painting etc)¦
6 on mature reflection/consideration
8 mature market/industry
[Date: 1300-1400; : Latin; Origin: maturus]
1.) ¦(SENSIBLE)¦
someone, especially a child or young person, who is mature behaves in a sensible and reasonable way, as you would expect an adult to behave
≠ ↑immature
Laura is very mature for her age .
We're mature enough to disagree on this issue but still respect each other.
fully grown and developed
Mature apple trees are typically 20 feet tall.
The new leader wants his country to be seen as a mature democracy.
The human brain isn't fully mature until about age 25.
physically/emotionally/sexually mature
Most girls are sexually mature by about 14 years of age.
BrE mature cheese, wine etc has a good strong taste which has developed during a long period of time
mature cheddar
4.) ¦(OLDER)¦
a polite or humorous way of describing someone who is no longer young
wedding fashions for mature brides
a respectable gentleman of mature years .
a mature piece of work by a writer or an artist is done late in their life and shows a high level of understanding or skill
His mature work reveals a deep sense of enjoyment of nature.
6.) on mature reflection/consideration
formal after thinking carefully and sensibly about something for a long time
On mature reflection we have decided to decline their offer.
a mature ↑bond or ↑policy is ready to be paid
8.) mature market/industry
technical a mature industry or market is one where growth is quite low and there are fewer competitors than before
>maturely adv
If you want us to treat you as an adult, you have to act maturely.
mature 2
mature2 v
1.) [I]
to become fully grown or developed
As the fish matures, its colours and patternings change.
mature into
She has matured into a fine writer.
2.) [I]
to become sensible and start to behave sensibly and reasonably, like an adult
He has matured a lot since he left home.
He wants to prove just how much he has matured both as a player and as a man.
3.) [I]
if a financial arrangement such as a ↑bond or an insurance ↑policy matures, it becomes ready to be paid
4.) [I and T]
if cheese, wine etc matures, or if it is matured, it develops a good strong taste over a period of time
Few beers brewed in Britain are matured in the bottle.
The olives are pulped, then left to mature for three years.

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