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Mature vs. Young: What's the Difference?

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Mature refers to being fully grown or developed, while Young denotes being in an early stage of life or development.

Key Differences

Mature and Young are words that primarily juxtapose stages of development and age. Mature typically indicates something or someone that has reached its full development or growth. It connotes a sense of completeness and fulfillment. Young, on the contrary, points to the early stages of development or life, representing something still in its growth phase.
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When we talk about a mature individual, we often reference not just age but also emotional, mental, or experiential growth. A person might be young in age but mature in thoughts and decisions. Conversely, a person can be mature in age but may have a young spirit or mindset.
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In plants and animals, mature implies that the organism has reached its reproductive stage. A mature plant might bear fruits, while a mature animal is capable of reproduction. Young plants and animals, meanwhile, are in their nascent stages, showing potential for growth but not yet fully developed.
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In contexts beyond age and growth, both words carry additional connotations. A mature market in business is saturated and sees slower growth, whereas a young market is burgeoning and holds much potential. A mature approach to a problem suggests wisdom and experience, while a young approach might indicate novelty and innovation.
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Comparison Chart

Age or Stage

Advanced age or stage.
Early age or stage.
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Development

Fully grown or developed.
Not fully developed.
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Experience

Often associated with more experience.
Generally indicates less experience.
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Mindset

Connotes wisdom or thoughtfulness.
Suggests freshness or novelty.
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Usage beyond Age

Can describe markets, ideas, etc.
Often used to describe markets, trends, etc.
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Mature and Young Definitions

Mature

Relating to a saturated market with slow growth.
It's a mature market with few new entrants.
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Young

Being in an early period of life, development, or growth.
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Mature

Having attained a specified age.
He's mature for his age.
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Young

Having the freshness or vigor of youth.
He has a young spirit.
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Mature

Having reached full natural growth or development
A mature cell.
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Young

Newly begun or formed; not advanced
A young biotech company.
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Mature

Having reached a desired or final condition; ripe
A mature cheese.
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Young

Relating to, typical of, or suggestive of youth or early life
He is young for his age.
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Mature

Having or showing characteristics, such as patience and prudence, considered typical of well-balanced adulthood
Mature for her age.
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Young

Lacking experience; immature
A young hand at plowing.
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Mature

Suitable or intended for adults
Mature subject matter.
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Young

Being the junior of two people having the same name.
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Mature

Composed of adults
A mature audience.
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Young

(Geology) Being of an early stage in a geologic cycle. Used of bodies of water and land formations.
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Mature

Worked out fully by the mind; considered
A mature plan of action.
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Young

Young persons considered as a group; youth
Entertainment for the young.
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Mature

Having reached the limit of its time; due
A mature bond.
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Young

Offspring; brood
A lioness with her young.
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Mature

No longer subject to great expansion or development. Used of an industry, market, or product.
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Young

In the early part of growth or life; born not long ago.
A lamb is a young sheep;
These picture books are for young readers
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Mature

(Geology) Having reached maximum development of form. Used of streams and landforms.
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Young

At an early stage of existence or development; having recently come into existence.
The age of space travel is still young;
A young business
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Mature

To bring to full development; ripen.
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Young

(Not) advanced in age; (far towards or) at a specified stage of existence or age.
How young is your dog?
Her grandmother turned 70 years young last month.
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Mature

To work out fully in the mind
"able to digest and mature my thoughts for my own mind only" (John Stuart Mill).
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Young

Junior (of two related people with the same name).
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Mature

To evolve toward or reach full development
The child's judgment matures as she grows older.
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Young

(of a decade of life) Early.
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Mature

To become due. Used of notes and bonds.
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Young

Youthful; having the look or qualities of a young person.
My grandmother is a very active woman and is quite young for her age.
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Mature

Fully developed; grown up in terms of physical appearance, behaviour or thinking; ripe.
She is quite mature for her age.
The excellent mature eggplants grown in the garden plot are quickly being being picked up by family and friends.
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Young

Of or belonging to the early part of life.
The cynical world soon shattered my young dreams.
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Mature

Brought to a state of complete readiness.
A mature plan
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Young

(obsolete) Having little experience; inexperienced; unpracticed; ignorant; weak.
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Mature

Profound; careful.
The headmaster decided to expel the boy after a mature consideration.
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Young

(often as if a plural noun) Offspring, especially the immature offspring of animals.
The lion caught a gnu to feed its young.
The lion's young are curious about the world around them.
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Mature

Come to, or in a state of, completed suppuration.
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Young

To become or seem to become younger.
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Mature

Suitable for adults only, due to sexual themes, violence, etc.
Mature content
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Young

To cause to appear younger.
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Mature

(intransitive) To proceed toward maturity: full development or completion (either of concrete or of abstract things, e.g. plans, judgments, qualities).
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Young

(geology) To exhibit younging.
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Mature

To attain maturity, to become mature or ripe.
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Young

Not long born; still in the first part of life; not yet arrived at adolescence, maturity, or age; not old; juvenile; - said of animals; as, a young child; a young man; a young fawn.
For he so young and tender was of age.
"Whom the gods love, die young," has been too long carelessly said; . . . whom the gods love, live young forever.
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Mature

(transitive) To bring (something) to maturity, full development, or completion.
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Young

Being in the first part, pr period, of growth; as, a young plant; a young tree.
While the fears of the people were young.
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Mature

(transitive) To make (something, e.g. fruit) ripe or mature.
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Young

Having little experience; inexperienced; unpracticed; ignorant; weak.
Come, come, elder brother, you are too young in this.
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Mature

To proceed toward or become mature or full-grown, either physically or psychologically; to gain experience or wisdom with age.
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Young

The offspring of animals, either a single animal or offspring collectively.
[The egg] bursting with kindly rupture, forth disclosedTheir callow young.
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Mature

(transitive) To make (someone) mature.
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Young

Any immature animal
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Mature

To reach the date when payment is due.
When the bond matures, the full face value is payable to its bearer.
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Young

United States film and television actress (1913-2000)
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Mature

Brought by natural process to completeness of growth and development; fitted by growth and development for any function, action, or state, appropriate to its kind; full-grown; ripe.
Now is love mature in ear.
How shall I meet, or how accost, the sage,Unskilled in speech, nor yet mature of age?
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Young

United States civil rights leader (1921-1971)
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Mature

Completely worked out; fully digested or prepared; ready for action; made ready for destined application or use; perfected; as, a mature plan.
This lies glowing, . . . and is almost mature for the violent breaking out.
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Young

British physicist and Egyptologist; he revived the wave theory of light and proposed a three-component theory of color vision; he also played an important role in deciphering the hieroglyphics on the Rosetta Stone (1773-1829)
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Mature

Of or pertaining to a condition of full development; as, a man of mature years.
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Young

United States jazz tenor saxophonist (1909-1959)
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Mature

Come to, or in a state of, completed suppuration.
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Young

English poet (1683-1765)
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Mature

To bring or hasten to maturity; to promote ripeness in; to ripen; to complete; as, to mature one's plans.
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Young

United States baseball player and famous pitcher (1867-1955)
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Mature

To advance toward maturity; to become ripe; as, wine matures by age; the judgment matures by age and experience.
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Young

United States religious leader of the Mormon Church after the assassination of Joseph Smith; he led the Mormon exodus from Illinois to Salt Lake City, Utah (1801-1877)
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Mature

Hence, to become due, as a note.
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Young

Young people collectively;
Rock music appeals to the young
Youth everywhere rises in revolt
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Mature

Develop and reach maturity; undergo maturation;
He matured fast
The child grew fast
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Young

(used of living things especially persons) in an early period of life or development or growth;
Young people
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Mature

Develop and work out fully in one's mind;
I need to mature my thoughts
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Young

(of crops) harvested at an early stage of development; before complete maturity;
New potatoes
Young corn
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Mature

Become due for repayment;
These bonds mature in 2005
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Young

Being in the first or early stage of life.
She's a young child, only five years old.
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Mature

Cause to ripen or develop fully;
The sun ripens the fruit
Age matures a good wine
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Young

New or fresh in relation to something established.
It's a young technology, still in its infancy.
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Mature

Grow old or older;
She aged gracefully
We age every day--what a depressing thought!
Young men senesce
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Young

The offspring of animals or plants.
The fox and her young were spotted near the den.
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Mature

Cause to ripen and discharge pus;
The oil suppurates the pustules
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Mature

Characteristic of maturity;
Mature for her age
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Mature

Fully considered and perfected;
Mature plans
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Mature

Having reached full natural growth or development;
A mature cell
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Mature

Fully developed or matured and ready to be eaten or used;
Ripe peaches
Full-bodies mature wines
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Mature

(of birds) having developed feathers or plumage; often used in combination
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Mature

Having reached full growth or development.
The mature oak tree stood tall in the yard.
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Mature

Showing the mental and emotional qualities of an adult.
She has a mature perspective on life.
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Mature

Of, relating to, or being an investment with a due date.
The bond will mature in five years.
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FAQs

Being in the first or early stage of life.

She's a young child, only five years old.
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The offspring of animals or plants.

The fox and her young were spotted near the den.
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Having the freshness or vigor of youth.

He has a young spirit.
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New or fresh in relation to something established.

It's a young technology, still in its infancy.
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