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mature

5 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Mature \Ma*ture"\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Matured}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Maturing}.] [See {Maturate}, {Mature}.] To bring or hasten to maturity; to promote ripeness in; to ripen; to complete; as, to mature one's plans. --Bacon.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Mature \Ma*ture"\, verb (used without an object)

1. To advance toward maturity; to become ripe; as, wine matures by age; the judgment matures by age and experience.

2. Hence, to become due, as a note.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Mature \Ma*ture"\, adjective [Compar. {Maturer}; superl. {Maturest}.] [L. maturus; prob. akin to E. matin.]

1. Brought by natural process to completeness of growth and development; fitted by growth and development for any function, action, or state, appropriate to its kind; full-grown; ripe.

Now is love mature in ear. --Tennison.

How shall I meet, or how accost, the sage, Unskilled in speech, nor yet mature of age? --Pope.

2. Completely worked out; fully digested or prepared; ready for action; made ready for destined application or use; perfected; as, a mature plan.

This lies glowing, . . . and is almost mature for the violent breaking out. --Shak.

3. Of or pertaining to a condition of full development; as, a man of mature years.

4. Come to, or in a state of, completed suppuration.

Syn: Ripe; perfect; completed; prepared; digested; ready.

Usage: {Mature}, {Ripe}. Both words describe fullness of growth. Mature brings to view the progressiveness of the process; ripe indicates the result. We speak of a thing as mature when thinking of the successive stayes through which it has passed; as ripe, when our attention is directed merely to its state. A mature judgment; mature consideration; ripe fruit; a ripe scholar.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

developed \developed\ adjective

1. being changed over time so as to be e.g. stronger or more complete or more useful; as, the developed qualities of the Hellenic outlook; the state's well-developed industries. Oppositre of {undeveloped}. [Narrower terms: {formulated}; {mature}] [WordNet 1.5]

2. made more useful and profitable as by building or laying out roads; -- of real estate. new houses are springing up on the developed tract of land near the river

Syn: improved. [WordNet 1.5]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

mature

adjective

1: characteristic of maturity; "mature for her age" [ant: {immature}]

2: fully considered and perfected; "mature plans" [syn: {mature}, {matured}]

3: having reached full natural growth or development; "a mature cell" [ant: {immature}]

4: fully developed or matured and ready to be eaten or used; "ripe peaches"; "full-bodied mature wines" [syn: {ripe}, {mature}] [ant: {green}, {immature}, {unripe}, {unripened}]

5: (of birds) having developed feathers or plumage; often used in combination [syn: {fledged}, {mature}] [ant: {immature}, {unfledged}]

verb

1: develop and reach maturity; undergo maturation; "He matured fast"; "The child grew fast" [syn: {mature}, {maturate}, {grow}]

2: develop and work out fully in one's mind; "I need to mature my thoughts"

3: become due for repayment; "These bonds mature in 2005"

4: cause to ripen or develop fully; "The sun ripens the fruit"; "Age matures a good wine" [syn: {ripen}, {mature}]

5: grow old or older; "She aged gracefully"; "we age every day-- what a depressing thought!"; "Young men senesce" [syn: {senesce}, {age}, {get on}, {mature}, {maturate}]

6: cause to ripen and discharge pus; "The oil suppurates the pustules" [syn: {suppurate}, {mature}]

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