Definition of maturity in US English:



  • 1The state, fact, or period of being mature.

    ‘their experience, maturity, and strong work ethic’
    ‘the delicate style of his maturity’
    • ‘At embryo maturity, X-ray analysis is used to distinguish filled seeds from dead, empty seeds.’
    • ‘Where intellectual and emotional maturity have been demonstrated, younger patients might be considered.’
    • ‘It was almost childlike, but with a strong underlying sense of maturity and wisdom.’
    • ‘Heads were turned from coast to coast because of his newfound maturity and leadership.’
    • ‘Could this be a reflection of a newfound maturity in the field?’
    • ‘These are the signs not only of old age, but of maturity, experience and wisdom.’
    • ‘The differential diagnosis for patients with hip symptoms can be grouped by skeletal maturity.’
    • ‘Harvest date should be determined by crop maturity, not by the calendar.’
    • ‘Why wait twenty more births to achieve spiritual maturity when you could achieve it in two births?’
    • ‘But I just couldn't match his muscle maturity and his back.’
    • ‘She took her mind's wisdom as a way of showing her growing maturity.’
    • ‘Plants were grown to maturity in a greenhouse under natural conditions.’
    • ‘With the party's countrywide base eroding, Gandhi campaigned tirelessly and showed political maturity.’
    • ‘Grapes that never achieved full maturity were used in condiments and marinades.’
    • ‘The female mouse reaches sexual maturity at an age of 5-6 weeks.’
    • ‘The speaker has the emotional maturity of a 14 year old boy.’
    • ‘The germinated kernels were transferred to potting soil and grown to maturity in a greenhouse.’
    • ‘But besides his height his body showed the average maturity of a sixteen year old.’
    • ‘Do your child's coordination and maturity levels match those of others in the program?’
    • ‘Other graduates may lack the maturity necessary to succeed in graduate school.’
    adulthood, full growth, majority, coming-of-age, matureness, manhood, womanhood, puberty, pubescence
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    1. 1.1 The time when an insurance policy, security, etc. matures.
      • ‘If not, then the bond maturity date accelerates, and it would have to pay down the debt.’
      • ‘For an investor who plans to hold the bond until maturity, liquidity risk is less important.’
      • ‘Strips are available for different maturity dates and at different rates of interest.’
      • ‘If managers anticipate rising interest rates, they generally shorten the average maturity of the bonds in their funds.’
      • ‘For investors wanting to cash in at maturity this could give rise to a capital gain or a capital loss.’
      • ‘If you withdraw your money from a term deposit before its maturity date, you typically lose all the interest.’
      • ‘The value of a bond depends on its par value, coupon and maturity date.’
      • ‘The mortgage loans for individuals have a maturity period of 15 years.’
      • ‘The reason is that those trees are way, way past their optimum maturity date for harvesting.’
      • ‘In addition, terminal bonuses are usually awarded on maturity of the investment.’
      • ‘If you need cash in the interim, you do not need to hold these instruments until maturity.’
      • ‘The latest cut last month was an average 15 % reduction in maturity values.’
      • ‘Loans and fixed-income security that the company issues differ dramatically in their maturity dates.’
      • ‘The accreted principal is not paid with the coupons, but accrues and is paid at maturity.’
      • ‘You may want to buy bonds whose maturity date coincides with your future needs.’
      • ‘The issue has a five-year maturity period that expires on March 1, 2007.’
      • ‘Also bear in mind that what really matters is the maturity value of the policy.’
      • ‘Your capital is guaranteed as long as you keep the bond until maturity date.’
      • ‘If you do continue with the endowment please do so on the basis that you will keep it until maturity.’
      • ‘As bills of exchange are meant to be discounted, they do not usually remain in the hands of the ostensible payee until their date of maturity.’
    2. 1.2 An insurance policy, security, etc. having a fixed maturity date.
      • ‘But you don't want to go out too far in maturities.’
      • ‘Much of this is multilateral and bilateral debt and suppliers credits with long-term maturities and favourable terms that should not be refinanced.’
      • ‘Yields were largely unchanged, with shorter maturities outperforming the long-bond.’
      • ‘Fixed mortgage rates continue to fall across all maturities.’
      • ‘And they must be held for a long time, maturities usually five years or longer.’
      ripeness, matureness, mellowness
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Late Middle English: from Latin maturitas, from maturus (see mature).