Definition of “mature” - English Dictionary

“mature” in English

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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.

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mature adjective (FOOD)

having a flavour that is completely developed:

Do you prefer mild or mature cheddar?


uk /məˈtʃʊər/ us /məˈtʊr/

mature verb (FOOD)

[ I or T ] to allow food and wine to become old enough for the flavour to develop completely:

The wine has been matured in oak vats.
The cheese is left to mature for two years.

(Definition of “mature” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“mature” in American English

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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.


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 Business English

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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.

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)