The word "mature" is an adjective used to describe people and things that have aged or grown to a stage of full development.
- There are several mature trees in our front yard.
- It took a long time for the trees to become mature.
- Sarah is very mature for her age. She’s only fifteen.
- Ronald is twenty-three, but he’s not very mature. He’s really immature. (immature = not mature)
- Polar bears are mature by the age of two.
This polar bear is fully mature.
You can use "mature" as a verb:
- Polar bears mature very quickly.
- Those plants have not yet matured.
- Sarah is maturing very quickly.
- How long will it take for that tree to mature?
The word "maturity" is a noun:
- The level of maturity among students in Mr. Thompson’s third hour class is very low.
- Taking responsibility for one’s own actions is a sign of maturity.
- When the plants reach full maturity, they will be harvested.
"Maturation" is also a noun:
- The maturation process is slow and painful for some teenagers.
- Artificial hormones can accelerate the maturation process in some animals.
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July 22, 2019