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mature
WordNet 2.0
  • cause to ripen and discharge pus
  • "The oil suppurates the pustules"
  • grow old or older
  • "She aged gracefully"
  • "we age every day--what a depressing thought!"
  • "Young men senesce"
  • cause to ripen or develop fully
  • "The sun ripens the fruit"
  • "Age matures a good wine"
  • develop and reach maturity
  • undergo maturation
  • "He matured fast"
  • "The child grew fast"
  • become due for repayment
  • "These bonds mature in 2005"
  • develop and work out fully in one''s mind
  • "I need to mature my thoughts"
  • fully considered and perfected
  • "mature plans"
  • (of birds) having developed feathers or plumage
  • often used in combination
  • having reached full natural growth or development
  • "a mature cell"
  • characteristic of maturity
  • "mature for her age"
  • fully developed or matured and ready to be eaten or used
  • "ripe peaches"
  • "full-bodies mature wines"
mature
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
  • 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. -- 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.

  • 1. To bring or hasten to maturity; to promote ripeness in; to ripen; to complete; as, to mature one's plans. Bacon.

  • 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.

 

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