Maturation is the process that a living thing goes through as it ages and becomes ripe or fully developed. Things that go through maturation include soybeans, antelope, bourbon, frogs, magnolia trees, the human sex drive, peaches, and much more.

As something becomes mature it goes through maturation. To be mature is to be ripe, ready, and fully grown. Some natural maturation processes are easy to identify, like the duration of a fruit fly’s development from egg to adult, but others are more difficult to pinpoint. For instance, you may know some people who, despite having passed their fortieth birthdays, seem to have missed that bit of maturation that would keep them from calling their friends toilet-themed nicknames.

Definitions of maturation
  1. noun
    coming to full development; becoming mature
    synonyms: maturement, ripening
    see moresee less
    type of:
    biological process, organic process
    a process occurring in living organisms
  2. noun
    (biology) the process of an individual organism growing organically; a purely biological unfolding of events involved in an organism changing gradually from a simple to a more complex level
    synonyms: development, growing, growth, ontogenesis, ontogeny
    see moresee less
    failure of normal development to occur
    show 38 types...
    hide 38 types...
    (biology) the growing of microorganisms in a nutrient medium (such as gelatin or agar)
    the developmental process of forming tooth enamel
    the formation of new blood vessels
    (biology) growth in the thickness of a cell wall by the deposit of successive layers of material
    growth from increase in cell size without cell division
    anthesis, blossoming, efflorescence, florescence, flowering, inflorescence
    the time and process of budding and unfolding of blossoms
    caenogenesis, cainogenesis, cenogenesis, kainogenesis, kenogenesis
    introduction during embryonic development of characters or structure not present in the earlier evolutionary history of the strain or species (such as the addition of the placenta in mammalian evolution)
    (botany) the process in some plants of parts growing together that are usually separate (such as petals)
    the process of fostering the growth of something
    cytogenesis, cytogeny
    the origin and development and variation of cells
    foliation, leafing
    (botany) the process of forming leaves
    the bearing of fruit
    the development and maturation of sex cells through meiosis
    germination, sprouting
    the process whereby seeds or spores sprout and begin to grow
    the general form or mode of growth (especially of a plant or crystal)
    the fruiting stage of the inflorescence
    (biology) growth in the surface area of a cell by the deposit of new particles between existing particles in the cell wall
    the process of growing into a youth
    life cycle
    the course of developmental changes in an organism from fertilized zygote to maturity when another zygote can be produced
    masculinisation, masculinization, virilisation, virilization
    the abnormal development of male sexual characteristics in a female (usually as the result of hormone therapies or adrenal malfunction)
    differentiation and growth of the structure of an organism (or a part of an organism)
    myelinisation, myelinization
    the development of a myelin sheath around a nerve fiber
    the development of nerve tissues
    palingenesis, recapitulation
    emergence during embryonic development of various characters or structures that appeared during the evolutionary history of the strain or species
    growth by the rapid multiplication of parts
    a general term for the origin and development of almost any aspect of the mind
    the development in the life of an individual of some disorder that is caused by psychological rather than physiological factors
    psychomotor development
    progressive acquisition of skills involving both mental and motor activities
    psychosexual development
    (psychoanalysis) the process during which personality and sexual behavior mature through a series of stages: first oral stage and then anal stage and then phallic stage and then latency stage and finally genital stage
    the process of putting forth roots and beginning to grow
    the failure to develop some part or organ
    dentition, odontiasis, teething
    the eruption through the gums of baby teeth
    the development of defects in an embryo
    the process of growth in plants
    a culture containing yeast or bacteria that is used to start the process of fermentation or souring in making butter or cheese or dough
    development of ova
    precocious dentition
    teething at an earlier age than expected
    development of spermatozoa
    type of:
    biological process, organic process
    a process occurring in living organisms
  3. noun
    (medicine) the formation of morbific matter in an abscess or a vesicle and the discharge of pus
    synonyms: festering, suppuration
    see moresee less
    type of:
    activity, bodily function, bodily process, body process
    an organic process that takes place in the body
Word Family

Test prep from the experts

Boost your test score with programs developed by’s experts.

  • Proven methods: Learn faster, remember longer with our scientific approach.
  • Personalized plan: We customize your experience to maximize your learning.
  • Strategic studying: Focus on the words that are most crucial for success.


  • Number of words: 500+
  • Duration: 8 weeks or less
  • Time: 1 hour / week


  • Number of words: 500+
  • Duration: 10 weeks or less
  • Time: 1 hour / week


  • Number of words: 700+
  • Duration: 10 weeks
  • Time: 1 hour / week