mature Definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Definition of “mature” - English Dictionary

"mature" in American English

See all translations

matureverb

 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.

matureadjective

 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.
(Definition of mature from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"mature" in British English

See all translations

matureadjective

uk   /məˈtʃʊər/  us   /məˈtʊr/
  • mature adjective (LIKE AN ADULT)

B2 Mature people behave like adults in a way that shows they are well developed emotionally: He's very mature for his age.
A mature decision is one that is made after a lot of careful thought: Upon mature reflection, we find the accused guilty.

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

  • mature adjective (PHYSICALLY GROWN)

completely grown physically: a mature adult sexually mature Mature male gorillas have silver-grey hairs on their backs. mature oak trees

matureverb

uk   /məˈtʃʊər/  us   /məˈtʊr/
  • mature verb (GROW PHYSICALLY)

[I] to become completely grown physically: Humans take longer to mature than most other animals.
  • mature verb (FINANCE)

[I] specialized finance & economics If an insurance agreement or an investment matures, it becomes ready to be paid: The policy matures after 15 years.
(Definition of mature from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"mature" in Business English

See all translations

matureadjective

uk   /məˈtjʊər/  us   /məˈtʃʊər/
ECONOMICS, MARKETING a mature market, industry, or product has stopped growing 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 generate growing returns to shareholders. Despite its image as an owner of mature businesses, we expect strong profits growth ahead. 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 long time: This level of disputed votes 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 office politics 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 stops growing or developing as fast as it did when it was new: a market/industry matures The market matured and only a few brands survived.
to become completely grown or developed: They started to worry about environmental damage 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)
What is the pronunciation of mature?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“mature” in Business English

A blazing row: words and phrases for arguing and arguments
A blazing row: words and phrases for arguing and arguments
by ,
May 04, 2016
by Kate Woodford We can’t always focus on the positive! This week, we’re looking at the language that is used to refer to arguing and arguments, and the differences in meaning between the various words and phrases. There are several words that suggest that people are arguing about something that is not important. (As you might

Read More 

Word of the Day

spaceship

(especially in stories) a vehicle used for travel in space

Word of the Day

trigger warning noun
trigger warning noun
May 02, 2016
a warning that a subject may trigger unpleasant emotions or memories This is not, I should stress, an argument that trigger warnings should become commonplace on campus.

Read More