When an investment such as a savings policy or pension plan matures, it reaches the stage when you stop paying money and the company pays you back the money you have saved, and the interest your money has earned. These bonuses will be paid when your savings plan matures in ten years' time
A term referring to the degree to which a clay or glaze has vitrified or melted in the kiln A 'mature' stoneware or porcelain clay is normally one that is dense and strong, a 'mature' glaze flows well and heals imperfections to provide a good covering Like the term 'vitrification' mature needs to be taken in context A mature sintered refractory, for example is quite porous and would be considered immature for other uses
politeness If you say that someone is mature or of mature years, you are saying politely that they are middle-aged or old. a man of mature years who had been in the job for longer than most of the members could remember
On lands allocated for timber harvest, mature is defined as trees or stands that have reached rotation age, generally around 100 years In the context of wildlife, refers to mature forest habitat with characteristics needed to provide habitat for species such as pine marten and pileated woodpecker (generally occurs around age 100)
If something such as wine or cheese matures or is matured, it is left for a time to allow its full flavour or strength to develop. Unlike wine, brandy matures only in wood, not glass. the cellars where the cheeses are matured
develop and reach maturity; undergo maturation; "He matured fast"; "The child grew fast" become due for repayment; "These bonds mature in 2005" develop and work out fully in one's mind; "I need to mature my thoughts" fully considered and perfected; "mature plans" having reached full natural growth or development; "a mature cell" characteristic of maturity; "mature for her age
In life insurance, the time when a policy becomes payable A whole life policy matures upon the death of the insured or when its cash value equals its cash value (usually at age 100) In either case the face amount becomes payable Also, the status of a bond when it reaches the date on which it is redeemable for its full maturity value
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