mature

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Mature is on the Academic Word List.

Pronunciation[change]

  • (UK) IPA (key): /məˈtjʊə/ or /məˈtʃʊə/ or /məˈtʃɔː/
  • (US) IPA (key): /məˈtʃʊ(ə)r/ or /məˈtʃɝ/ or /məˈt(j)ʊər/
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  • Hyphenation: ma‧ture

Adjective[change]

Positive
mature

Comparative
more mature

Superlative
most mature

  1. Someone is mature if they act like an adult.
    You're not mature enough to do this job.
  2. A living thing is mature if it has stopped growing physically.
    A mature female is about 30 kg.
  3. Some kinds of food, such as wine, cheese, or fruit are mature when they are ready to eat or drink.
  4. A mature person is older.
    Colleges are accepting more mature students and fewer kids out of high school.
  5. If something is mature, it is fully developed.
    Television is a mature technology.
  6. If movies, books, etc. are mature, they are meant for adults because they contain violence, sex, etc.

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Verb[change]

Plain form
mature

Third-person singular
matures

Past tense
matured

Past participle
matured

Present participle
maturing

  1. (intransitive) If something matures, it becomes fully developed.
    Along the way she has also matured into a beautiful young woman.
    These problems have been solved as the technology has matured.

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