mature

Someone who is mature acts grown up, like an adult. However, when one sister says to another, "That's so mature," she's usually using the word sarcastically, because her sister has done something very immature, like sticking out her tongue.

The adjective mature doesn't only describe advancing age, although the residents of a senior citizens' home could definitely be considered mature. Anything that is fully developed, like an aged cheese or bottle of wine, can also be called mature. The word can also refer to something that is only appropriate for people who are considered legal adults, like the movie that is for "mature audiences only."

Primary Meanings of mature

1.
adjv
having reached full natural growth or development
develop and reach maturity; undergo maturation
2.
v
become due for repayment
3.
v
cause to ripen and discharge pus
Full Definitions of mature
1

adj having reached full natural growth or development

“a mature cell”
Synonyms:
adult, big, full-grown, fully grown, grown, grownup
(of animals) fully developed
abloom, efflorescent
bursting into flower
fruiting
capable of bearing fruit
full-blown, matured
fully ripe; at the height of bloom
headed
of leafy vegetables; having formed into a head
marriageable, nubile
of girls or women who are eligible to marry
overblown
past the stage of full bloom
meridian, prime
being at the best stage of development
old
(used especially of persons) having lived for a relatively long time or attained a specific age
Antonyms:
immature
not yet mature
adolescent
in the state of development between puberty and maturity
embryologic, embryonal, embryonic
of an organism prior to birth or hatching
inchoative
beginning to develop
larval
immature of its kind; especially being or characteristic of immature insects in the newly hatched wormlike feeding stage
prepubertal, prepubescent
(especially of human beings) at the age immediately before puberty; often marked by accelerated growth
prepupal
of an inactive stage in the development of some insects, between the larval and the pupal stages
pubescent
(of animals especially human beings) having arrived at the onset of puberty (the age at which sex glands become functional) but not yet fully mature
pupal
of the insects in the chrysalis (cocoon) or post larval stage
underdeveloped
not yet fully developed
premature
born after a gestation period of less than the normal time
immature, young
(used of living things especially persons) in an early period of life or development or growth
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adj fully developed or matured and ready to be eaten or used

“full-bodied mature wines”
Synonyms:
ripe
aged, ripened
of wines, fruit, cheeses; having reached a desired or final condition; (`aged' pronounced as one syllable)
mellow, mellowed
having a full and pleasing flavor through proper aging
overripe
too ripe and beginning to turn soft
Antonyms:
green, immature, unripe, unripened
not fully developed or mature; not ripe
unaged
not subjected to an aging process
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adj (of birds) having developed feathers or plumage; often used in combination

Synonyms:
fledged
fledgeling, fledgling
(of a young bird) having acquired its flight feathers
full-fledged, fully fledged
(of a bird) having reached full development with fully grown adult plumage; ready to fly
Antonyms:
immature, unfledged
(of birds) not yet having developed feathers
unfeathered
not having feathers
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adj fully considered and perfected

mature plans”
Synonyms:
matured
developed
being changed over time so as to be e.g. stronger or more complete or more useful

adj characteristic of maturity

mature for her age”
Synonyms:
autumnal
characteristic of late maturity verging on decline
mellow, mellowed
having attained to kindliness or gentleness through age and experience
ripe
at the highest point of development especially in judgment or knowledge
Antonyms:
immature
characteristic of a lack of maturity
adolescent, jejune, juvenile, puerile
displaying or suggesting a lack of maturity
babyish
characteristic of a baby
childish, infantile
indicating a lack of maturity
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v develop and reach maturity; undergo maturation

“He matured fast”
Synonyms:
grow, maturate
Types:
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ripen
grow ripe
find, find oneself
accept and make use of one's personality, abilities, and situation
grow up
become an adult
come of age
reach a certain age that marks a transition to maturity
Type of:
develop
grow, progress, unfold, or evolve through a process of evolution, natural growth, differentiation, or a conducive environment

v grow old or older

Synonyms:
age, get on, maturate, senesce
Types:
turn
become officially one year older
fossilise, fossilize
become mentally inflexible
dote
be foolish or senile due to old age
Type of:
develop
grow, progress, unfold, or evolve through a process of evolution, natural growth, differentiation, or a conducive environment

v cause to ripen or develop fully

“Age matures a good wine”
Synonyms:
ripen
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

v develop and work out fully in one's mind

“I need to mature my thoughts”
Type of:
develop, explicate, formulate
elaborate, as of theories and hypotheses
2

v become due for repayment

“These bonds mature in 2005”
Type of:
change
undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
3

v cause to ripen and discharge pus

Synonyms:
suppurate
fester, maturate, suppurate
ripen and generate pus
Type of:
draw
cause to localize at one point

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