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Definitions of mature

  1. To become ripe; to become payable. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. To bring or hasten to maturity; to promote ripeness in; to ripen; to complete; as, to mature one's plans. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To bring or hasten to full growth. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. To ripen: to bring to perfection: to prepare for use. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  5. To ripen; perfect. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  6. To cause to ripen; bring to maturity. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. To advance toward maturity; to become ripe; as, wine matures by age; the judgment matures by age and experience. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. Hence, to become due, as a note. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. To become ripe. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  10. To become ripe: to become payable, as a bill. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  11. To become ripe; fall due. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  12. develop and work out fully in one's mind; "I need to mature my thoughts" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. cause to ripen and discharge pus; "The oil suppurates the pustules" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  14. cause to ripen or develop fully; "The sun ripens the fruit"; "Age matures a good wine" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  15. To promote ripeness; to advance toward ripeness or perfection; to become ripe. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  16. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. Completely worked out; fully digested or prepared; ready for action; made ready for destined application or use; perfected; as, a mature plan. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. Of or pertaining to a condition of full development; as, a man of mature years. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. Come to, or in a state of, completed suppuration. Webster Dictionary DB
  20. Maturest. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  21. MATURENESS. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  22. maturer. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  23. (of birds) having developed feathers or plumage; often used in combination Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  24. fully considered and perfected; "mature plans" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  25. having reached full natural growth or development; "a mature cell" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  26. characteristic of maturity; "mature for her age" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  27. fully developed or matured and ready to be eaten or used; "ripe peaches"; "full-bodies mature wines" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  28. grow old or older; "She aged gracefully"; "we age every day--what a depressing thought!"; "Young men senesce" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  29. become due for repayment; "These bonds mature in 2005" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  30. Ripe; full-grown; completely developed; perfected; ready for use. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  31. Grown to its full size: perfected: ripe: (med.) come to suppuration: fully digested, as a plan. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  32. Full-grown; ripe; perfected. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  33. Fully developed; ripe. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  34. Com. Due and payable. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  35. Perfected in growth or development; ripe; completed: ready; come to suppuration; now payable. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  36. Ripe; arrived at fulness or completion; well digested and ready for execution, as a scheme. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for mature

  1. If the gardener, or a pretty girl- cousin of the mature age of fourteen, would put the worm on, I did not " much mind" fishing with it. – Angling Sketches by Andrew Lang
  2. I suppose this change would have come in any circumstances, after a while, for girls of seventeen are generally more mature than boys of the same age; but the change was more decided in Shenac because of the care that had fallen on her so early. – Shenac's Work at Home by Margaret Murray Robertson
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