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English definition of “premature”


/ˈpremətʃər/ US  /ˌpriːməˈtʊr/
happening too soon or before the usual time: premature ageing/death a premature baby [+ to do sth] It seems a bit premature to start talking about it already.Early
prematurely adverb He died prematurely of cancer.
(Definition of premature from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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