Definition of mature adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//məˈtʃʊə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃʊr//
    ; BrE BrE//məˈtjʊə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʊr//
    maturer is occasionally used instead of more mature Middle age, Youth, Taste of food
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  1. 1(of a child or young person) behaving in a sensible way, like an adult Jane is very mature for her age. a mature and sensible attitude opposite immature See related entries: Youth
  2. fully grown
  3. 2(of a person, a tree, a bird or an animal) fully grown and developed sexually mature a mature oak/eagle/elephant opposite immature Synonymsoldelderly aged long-lived matureThese words all describe somebody/​something that has lived for a long time or that usually lives for a long time.old having lived for a long time; no longer young:She’s getting old—she’s 75 next year.elderly (rather formal) used as a polite word for ‘old’:She is very busy caring for two elderly relatives.aged (formal) very old:Having aged relatives to stay in your house can be quite stressful.long-lived having a long life; lasting for a long time:Everyone in my family is exceptionally long-lived.mature used as a polite or humorous way of saying that somebody is no longer young:clothes for the mature womanPatterns a(n) old/​elderly/​aged/​long-lived/​mature man/​woman a(n) old/​elderly/​aged/​mature gentleman/​lady/​couple See related entries: Middle age
  4. wine/cheese
  5. 3developed over a period of time to produce a strong, rich flavour See related entries: Taste of food
  6. no longer young
  7. 4used as a polite or humorous way of saying that somebody is no longer young clothes for the mature woman a man of mature years
  8. work of art
  9. 5created late in an artist’s life and showing great understanding and skill
  10. insurance policy
  11. 6(business) ready to be paid
  12. Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin maturus ‘timely, ripe’; perhaps related to matins.Extra examples She tries to look mature and sophisticated. He shows a mature and sensible attitude. He’s a man of mature years. The shop specializes in clothes for the mature woman. a mature oak/​eagle/​elephantIdioms
    on mature reflection/consideration
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    (formal) after thinking about something carefully and for a long time
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: mature