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mature

verb  us   /məˈtʃʊr, -ˈtʊr/

mature verb (GROW PHYSICALLY)

[I] to become completely grown: Humans take longer to mature than most other animals.

mature verb (DEVELOP MENTALLY)

[I/T] to become more developed mentally and emotionally and behave in a responsible way, or to cause someone to do this: [I] When you are the oldest child of a large family, you mature pretty quickly, because you have to take care of your younger brothers and sisters.

mature verb (FINANCE)

[I] (of some types of investment) to become ready to be paid: When her bonds matured, she moved the money into stocks.

mature

adjective  us   /məˈtʃʊr, -ˈtʊr/

mature adjective (DEVELOP MENTALLY)

mentally and emotionally well-developed, and therefore responsible: He just wasn’t mature enough to keep a dog.

mature adjective (GROW PHYSICALLY)

completely grown: The forest has a lot of mature oak trees. Mature can also be a polite way of saying older: The jeans were marketed to mature women.
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