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ma•ture



Pronunciation: (mu-toor', -tyoor', -choor', -chûr'), [key]
adj., -tur•er, -tur•est,
v., -tured, -tur•ing.


adj.
1. complete in natural growth or development, as plant and animal forms: a mature rose bush.
2. ripe, as fruit, or fully aged, as cheese or wine.
3. fully developed in body or mind, as a person: a mature woman.
4. pertaining to or characteristic of full development: a mature appearance; fruit with a mature softness.
5. completed, perfected, or elaborated in full by the mind: mature plans.
6. (of an industry, technology, market, etc.) no longer developing or expanding; having little or no potential for further growth or expansion; exhausted or saturated.
7. intended for or restricted to adults, esp. by reason of explicit sexual content or the inclusion of violence or obscene language: mature movies.
8. composed of adults, considered as being less susceptible than minors to explicit sexual content, violence, or obscene language, as of a film or stage performance: for mature audiences only.
9. Finance.having reached the limit of its time; having become payable or due: a mature bond.
10. Med.
a. having attained definitive form or function, as by maturation of an epithelium from a basal layer.
b. having attained the end stage of a normal or abnormal biological process: a mature boil.
11. Geol.(of a landscape) exhibiting the stage of maximum topographical diversity, as in the cycle of erosion of a land surface.

v.t.
1. to make mature; ripen, as fruit or cheese.
2. to bring to full development: His hard experiences in the city matured him.
3. to complete or perfect.

v.i.
1. to become mature; ripen, as fruit or cheese.
2. to come to full development: Our plans have not yet matured.
3. Finance.to become due, as a note.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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