Definition of maturation in English:

maturation

noun

  • 1The action or process of maturing.

    ‘sexual maturation’
    • ‘Eve is constantly referred to as innocent and childlike in the first half of the film and her transformation involves a process of maturation, of becoming a more confident adult.’
    • ‘For many, this was the seminal event of their political maturation - a second baptism of freedom.’
    • ‘By using personal coaches and mentors, they seek to accelerate the natural process of maturation.’
    • ‘My own growth and maturation paralleled major developments in our nation's reach for space.’
    • ‘Epigenesis, as this viewpoint came to be called, held that development was a time of differentiation and maturation in which the organism grew in complexity as well as size.’
    • ‘Such an experience, which seems very remote from our jet-age culture, carried with it connotations of personal development and maturation.’
    • ‘Further analyses identify the relative success of Scottish immigrants in the American profession and their leadership in its early development and maturation.’
    • ‘Although werewolves don't make their first change until their late teens, it's only the end of the lengthy process of maturation.’
    • ‘These observations suggest that there may be links between sexual maturation and the emergence of preferences for specific body shapes.’
    • ‘Some of this growth occurs as part of the natural maturation process during adolescence.’
    • ‘Normally, the cells in a tissue have a balanced cycle of cell division, cell maturation, and cell death.’
    • ‘Sinking roots is not an automatic childhood event, but is a result, at least in part, of the process of maturation.’
    • ‘It is about understanding the beauty of discovery that can lead to emotional growth and maturation.’
    • ‘The entire process of maturation, from birth to death, is a creative process of choices, each of which can radically change the outcome of a person's life.’
    • ‘Today, marriage is viewed as the natural outcome of emotional and sexual maturation, and a prolonged single status is stigmatizing for women.’
    • ‘If physical development is governed by experience as well as by the process of physical maturation, is this also true for other aspects of development such as personality and social development?’
    • ‘In particular, it's about the children we meet and the process of maturation they undergo.’
    • ‘Within the logic of traditional elegy, this step is integral to the process of poetic maturation.’
    • ‘For example, developmental changes in lung maturation and growth might not be linearly related to body size even if airway function is.’
    • ‘Student involvement in collegiate organizations provides numerous opportunities for growth, development and maturation.’
    1. 1.1 (of wine or other fermented drink) the process of becoming ready for drinking.
      • ‘Yet more techniques for adding to or altering the flavour of Chardonnay are oak-barrel fermentation and maturation.’
      • ‘To these traditional ingredients they add inert temperature-controlled fermentation and maturation in new oak, mainly French.’
      • ‘Fermentation and maturation in oak is another important aspect.’
      • ‘It uses local Hallertauer and Saaz hop and has at least six weeks of cold maturation which results in an extremely drinkable lager.’
      • ‘As with wine, whisky's production and maturation process - especially if peat is used - have a big impact on the final flavour.’
      • ‘The process is essentially the same as the white wine process: gathering the grapes, fermentation, maturation and bottling.’
      • ‘While available in magnums, this is not a wine requiring the slow maturation that a larger bottle brings.’
      • ‘If our understanding of red wine maturation is incomplete, even less is known about the ageing process in white wines.’
      • ‘Over the past ten years, better vineyard practices and a greater understanding of wine-making and maturation have dramatically improved the quality of these wines.’
      • ‘As well as the raw materials used, often from local sources, the maturation of a whisky in cask is extremely important when forging its character.’
      • ‘They've done such a good job of excluding air from their winemaking process that they now have to make sure that a certain amount of oxygen gets into the wines in order to get good maturation.’
      • ‘Throughout the years of maturation, the whisky, which coming out of the still is a colorless spirit, gradually becomes more complex.’
      • ‘They have experimented with all the techniques of modern winemaking in terms of time of grape picking, fermentation times and temperatures, and maturation.’
      • ‘Fierce competition often provokes a rush to judgement, a sense of perpetual crisis and a frantic chase for stories, sacrificing the process of reflective maturation.’
      • ‘And the large proportion of Grenache and Zinfandel grapes need slower maturation, thus reaching higher sugar levels that turn on fermentation into alcohol.’
      • ‘Then they gave the wine an extended maturation in oak barrels.’
    2. 1.2 The ripening of fruit.
      ‘pod maturation’
      • ‘Fruit maturation is slow and occurs during the rainy season (July - October).’
      • ‘New inflorescences were marked and developing fruits were examined every 2 weeks, until fruit maturation.’
      • ‘Upon maturation, fruit was individually harvested from all plants over a 2-week period.’
      • ‘At fruit maturation, all flowering shoots on the marked plants were collected and brought to the laboratory.’
      • ‘The role of ethylene in fruit development and maturation has been intensively studied.’
      • ‘The relatively large divergence between these results could, on the one hand, be due to differences either in the growth conditions or in the fruit maturation state.’
      • ‘Owing to fruit maturation, the number of inflorescences supported by females was higher than that supported by males later in the reproductive season.’
      • ‘After fruit maturation, all fruits were collected before dehiscence.’
      • ‘Subsequent events, such as fruit maturation and fruit dispersal, were noted and recorded once a week.’
      • ‘Curious about the stage of fruit maturation preferred by other wild primates, I sent out a brief survey.’
      • ‘These include the type of starch and fibre, particle size, fat, maturation of the fruit or vegetable (sugar type) and cooking method/time.’
      • ‘Hormones have been implicated in the maturation of fleshy fruits, and ethylene and auxin appear to be of particular importance depending on the type of fruits.’
      • ‘Fruit defenses weaken after maturation, facilitating invasions by yeasts and fungi.’
      • ‘At the time of fruit maturation, the numbers of intact and damaged seeds were counted.’
      fulfilment, realization, actualization, materialization
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    3. 1.3Medicine The development of functional ova or sperm cells.
      • ‘Selenium has also been shown to be important for sperm development and maturation.’
      • ‘This suggests that the rate of sperm production or sperm maturation may be limited in some species.’
      • ‘The enzyme is regulated by bicarbonate and involved in sperm maturation.’
      • ‘They have been shown to influence crustacean larval development, egg maturation and reproductive timing and capacity.’
      • ‘Abnormal sperm morphology - an indicator of deranged sperm production or maturation - is also associated with reduced fertilising capacity.’
      development, maturation, growing, germination, shooting up, springing up, sprouting
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    4. 1.4 The formation of pus in a boil, abscess, etc.

Origin

Late Middle English (denoting the formation of pus): from medieval Latin maturatio(n-), from Latin maturare (see mature).

Pronunciation

maturation

/ˌmaCHəˈrāSH(ə)n/