mature
I. adjective (maturer; -est) Etymology: Middle English, from Latin maturus ripe; akin to Latin mane in the morning, manus good Date: 15th century 1. based on slow careful consideration <
a mature judgment
>
2. a. (1) having completed natural growth and development ; ripe (2) having undergone maturation b. having attained a final or desired state <
mature wine
>
c. having achieved a low but stable growth rate <
paper is a mature industry
>
d. of, relating to, or being an older adult ; elderly <
airline discounts for mature travelers
>
3. a. of or relating to a condition of full development b. characteristic of or suitable to a mature individual <
mature outlook
>
<
a show with mature content
>
4. due for payment <
a mature loan
>
5. belonging to the middle portion of a cycle of erosion • maturely adverb II. verb (matured; maturing) Date: 15th century transitive verb to bring to maturity or completion intransitive verb 1. to become fully developed or ripe 2. to become due

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