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

  • intransitive v. To mature, ripen, or develop.
  • intransitive v. To suppurate.
  • transitive v. To cause to suppurate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To mature
  • v. to achieve suppuration

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

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


Latin mātūrāre, mātūrāt-, from mātūrus, mature; see mature.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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