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Meaning of “mature” in the English Dictionary

"mature" in British English

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matureadjective

uk   /məˈtjʊər/  us   /-ˈtʊr/
  • mature adjective (LIKE AN ADULT)

B2 Mature ​peoplebehave like ​adults in a way that ​shows they are well ​developedemotionally: He's very mature for his ​age. A mature ​decision is one that is made after a lot of ​carefulthought: Upon mature ​reflection, we ​find the ​accusedguilty.

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  • mature adjective (PHYSICALLY GROWN)

completelygrownphysically: a mature adult sexually mature Mature ​malegorillas have silver-grey ​hairs on ​theirbacks. mature ​oaktrees
  • mature adjective (FINANCE)

specialized finance & economics A mature investment is ​ready to be ​paid.

matureverb

uk   /məˈtjʊər/  us   /-ˈtʊr/ /məˈtjʊər/  /-ˈtʊr/
  • mature verb (GROW PHYSICALLY)

[I] to ​becomecompletelygrownphysically: Humans take ​longer to mature than most other ​animals.
  • mature verb (FINANCE)

[I] specialized finance & economics If an insuranceagreement or an investment matures, it ​becomesready to be ​paid: The ​policy matures after 15 ​years.
(Definition of mature from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"mature" in American English

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matureverb

 us   /məˈtʃʊr, -ˈtʊr/
  • mature verb (GROW PHYSICALLY)

[I] to ​becomecompletelygrown: Humans take ​longer to mature than most other ​animals.
  • mature verb (DEVELOP MENTALLY)

[I/T] to ​become more ​developedmentally and ​emotionally and ​behave in a ​responsible way, or to ​cause someone to do this: [I] When you are the ​oldestchild of a ​largefamily, you mature ​prettyquickly, because you have to take ​care of ​youryoungerbrothers and ​sisters.
  • mature verb (FINANCE)

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

matureadjective

 us   /məˈtʃʊr, -ˈtʊr/
  • mature adjective (DEVELOP MENTALLY)

mentally and ​emotionally well-developed, and ​thereforeresponsible: He just wasn’t mature enough to ​keep a ​dog.
  • mature adjective (GROW PHYSICALLY)

completelygrown: The ​forest has a lot of mature ​oaktrees. Mature can also be a ​polite way of saying ​older: The ​jeans were ​marketed to mature women.
(Definition of mature from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"mature" in Business English

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matureadjective

uk   /məˈtjʊər/  us   /məˈtʃʊər/
ECONOMICS, MARKETING a mature ​market, ​industry, or ​product has ​stoppedgrowing or ​developing as fast as it did when it was new: a mature market/industry If a ​firm is in a mature ​market, it will be hard to ​generategrowingreturns to ​shareholders. Despite its ​image as an ​owner of mature ​businesses, we expect ​strongprofitsgrowthahead. The piston ​engine is a mature ​technology that's ​increasingly difficult to ​improve.
completely or almost completely ​developed, usually because of having existed for a ​longtime: This ​level of ​disputedvotes is unprecedented among mature democracies.
HR adult or older, or ​behaving in a ​reasonable way like an adult or older ​person: Colleagues who are tired of playing ​officepolitics will welcome your more mature ​approach. mature ​workers/​graduates

matureverb [I]

uk   /məˈtjʊər/  us   /məˈtʃʊər/
FINANCE, INSURANCE to become ​ready to be ​paid: a bond/policy/investment matures When the ​bonds matured in September, they ​produced a ​profit of $39 million. What ​happens if the ​firm goes ​bust before my ​policy has matured? The ​endowment is due to mature in five ​years.
ECONOMICS, MARKETING if a ​market, ​industry, etc. matures, it ​stopsgrowing or ​developing as fast as it did when it was new: a market/industry matures The ​market matured and only a few ​brandssurvived.
to become completely ​grown or ​developed: They ​started to worry about ​environmentaldamage only after their own ​economies matured. You should ​plan for your ​business to mature within three to five ​years.
(Definition of mature from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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