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Definition of mature verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//məˈtʊr//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they mature
    he / she / it matures
    past simple matured
    -ing form maturing
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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.
  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 flavor
  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.
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