Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To mature, ripen, or develop.
  • intransitive verb To suppurate.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To bring to maturity; mature.
  • To promote perfect suppuration in.
  • To ripen; come to or toward maturity.
  • To suppurate perfectly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To ripen; to become mature; specifically, to suppurate.
  • transitive verb To bring to ripeness or maturity; to ripen.
  • transitive verb To promote the perfect suppuration of (an abscess).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To mature
  • verb to achieve suppuration

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb ripen and generate pus
  • verb develop and reach maturity; undergo maturation
  • verb grow old or older

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin mātūrāre, mātūrāt-, from mātūrus, mature; see mature.]

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