Fully developed; grown up in terms of physical appearance, behaviour or thinking; ripe.
“She is quite mature for her age.”
Brought to a state of complete readiness.
“a mature plan”
“The headmaster decided to expel the boy after a mature consideration.”
Come to, or in a state of, completed suppuration.
To become mature; to ripen.
To gain experience or wisdom with age.
To make something mature.
To reach the date when payment is due
Of an object, concept, relationship, etc., having existed for a relatively long period of time.
“an old abandoned building;”
“an old friend”
Of a living being, having lived for most of the expected years.
“a wrinkled old man”
Of an item that has been used and so is not new unused.
“I find that an old toothbrush is good to clean the keyboard with.”
Having existed or lived for the specified time.
“How old are they? She’s five years old and he’s seven. We also have a young teen and a two-year-old child.”
“My great-grandfather lived to be a hundred and one years old.”
Of an earlier time.
Of a perishable item, having existed for most, or more than its shelf life.
“an old loaf of bread”
“My new car is not as good as my old one.”
“a school reunion for Old Etonians”
That is no longer in existence.
“The footpath follows the route of an old railway line.”
“That is the old way of doing things; now we do it this way.”
“Your constant pestering is getting old.”
Said of subdued colors, particularly reds, pinks and oranges, as if they had faded over time.
A grammatical intensifier, often used in describing something positive. (Mostly in idioms like good old, big old and little old, any old and some old.)
“We’re having a good old time.”
“My next car will be a big old SUV.”
“My wife makes the best little old apple pie in Texas.”
People who are old; old beings; the older generation, taken as a group.
“A civilised society should always look after the old in the community.”
having lived for a long time; no longer young
“the old man lay propped up on cushions”
made or built long ago
“the old quarter of the town”
possessed or used for a long time
“he gave his old clothes away”
boring or tiresome, especially as a result of repetition or overfamiliarity
“I wish she’d shut up—it’s getting old”
having the characteristics or showing the signs of age
“he complained of being old beyond his years”
belonging to the past; former
“valuation under the old rating system was inexact”
used to refer to a thing which has been replaced by something similar
“we moved back into our old house”
dating from far back; long-established or known
“we greeted each other like old friends”
“I get sick of the same old routine”
denoting someone who formerly attended a specified school
“an old Etonian”
(of a form of a language) as used in former or earliest times.
of a specified age
“a seven-month-old baby”
“he was fourteetn years old”
a person or animal of the age specified
used to express affection, familiarity, or contempt
“good old Mum”
“I didn’t like playing with silly old dolls”