Mature

Definition of Mature

Ma`ture´
a.1.
1.Brought by natural process to completeness of growth and development; fitted by growth and development for any function, action, or state, appropriate to its kind; full-grown; ripe.
Now is love mature in ear.
- Tennison.
How shall I meet, or how accost, the sage,
Unskilled in speech, nor yet mature of age?
- Pope.
2.Completely worked out; fully digested or prepared; ready for action; made ready for destined application or use; perfected; as, a mature plan.
This lies glowing, . . . and is almost mature for the violent breaking out.
- Shak.
3.Of or pertaining to a condition of full development; as, a man of mature years.
4.Come to, or in a state of, completed suppuration.
v. t.1.To bring or hasten to maturity; to promote ripeness in; to ripen; to complete; as, to mature one's plans.
[imp. & p. p. Matured ; p. pr. & vb. n. Maturing.]
v. i.1.To advance toward maturity; to become ripe; as, wine matures by age; the judgment matures by age and experience.
2.Hence, to become due, as a note.

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