mature

mature
ma|ture1 [məˈtʃuə US -ˈtʃur] adj
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1¦(sensible)¦
2¦(fully grown)¦
3¦(wine/cheese etc)¦
4¦(older)¦
5¦(novel/painting etc)¦
6 on mature reflection/consideration
7¦(financial)¦
8 mature market/industry
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[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.
2.) ¦(FULLY GROWN)¦
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.
3.) ¦(WINE/CHEESE ETC)¦
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 .
5.) ¦(NOVEL/PAINTING ETC)¦
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.
7.) ¦(FINANCIAL)¦
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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