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

      

    mature

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//məˈtʃʊə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃʊr//
     
    ; BrE BrE//məˈtjʊə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʊr//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they mature
    BrE BrE//məˈtʃʊə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃʊr//
     
    ; BrE BrE//məˈtjʊə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʊr//
     
    he / she / it matures
    BrE BrE//məˈtʃʊəz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//məˈtʃʊrz//
     
    ; BrE BrE//məˈtjʊəz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//məˈtʊrz//
     
    past simple matured
    BrE BrE//məˈtʃʊəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//məˈtʃʊrd//
     
    ; BrE BrE//məˈtjʊəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//məˈtʊrd//
     
    past participle matured
    BrE BrE//məˈtʃʊəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//məˈtʃʊrd//
     
    ; BrE BrE//məˈtjʊəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//məˈtʊrd//
     
    -ing form maturing
    BrE BrE//məˈtʃʊəɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//məˈtʃʊrɪŋ//
     
    ; BrE BrE//məˈtjʊəɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//məˈtʊrɪŋ//
     
    Youth
     
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    become fully grown
  1. 1[intransitive] to become fully grown or developed This particular breed of cattle matures early. Technology in this field has matured considerably over the last decade. See related entries: Youth
  2. become sensible
  3. 2[intransitive] to develop emotionally and start to behave like a sensible adult He has matured a great deal over the past year.
  4. develop skill
  5. 3[intransitive] mature (into something) to fully develop a particular skill or quality She has matured into one of the country's finest actresses.
  6. wine/cheese
  7. 4[intransitive, transitive] mature (something) if wine, cheese, etc. matures or is matured, it develops over a period of time to produce a strong, rich flavour
  8. insurance policy
  9. 5[intransitive] (business) to reach the date when it must be paid She has a number of investments that mature at the end of the year.
  10. Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin maturus ‘timely, ripe’; perhaps related to matins.Extra examples She had matured into a beautiful young woman. The cheese is smoked and then left to mature. The little garden was maturing nicely. The teenage years cover a period in which people mature physically and emotionally. This variety is easy to grow and matures early. a fully matured cheese a young man who is maturing to adulthood She has matured into one of the country’s finest actresses.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: mature