1fully developed physically; full-grown:she was now a mature womanowls are sexually mature at one yearmature trees
having reached an advanced stage of mental or emotional development characteristic of an adult:a young man mature beyond his years
(of thought or planning) careful and thorough:on mature reflection he decided they should not go
used euphemistically to describe someone as being middle-aged or old:Miss Walker was a mature lady when she married
(of a style) fully developed:Van Gogh’s mature work
(of certain foodstuffs or drinks) ready for consumption.
2denoting an economy, industry, or market that has developed to a point where substantial expansion and investment no longer takes place.
3(of a bill) due for payment.
1(of an organism) become physically mature:children mature at different agesthe trees take at least thirty years to matureshe matured into a woman
(of a person) reach an advanced stage of mental or emotional development:men mature as they grow older
(with reference to certain foodstuffs or drinks) become or cause to become ready for consumption: [no object]:leave the cheese to mature [with object]:the Scotch is matured for a minimum of three years
2(of an insurance policy, security, etc.) reach the end of its term and hence become payable.
late Middle English: from Latin maturus 'timely, ripe'; perhaps related to matins