Nurture vs Mature - What's the difference?

nurture | mature |

As nouns the difference between nurture and mature

is that nurture is the act of nourishing or nursing; tender care; education; training while mature is masts (of a ship).

As a verb nurture

is to nourish or nurse.



(Webster 1913)


(en noun)
  • The act of nourishing or nursing; tender care; education; training.
  • That which nourishes; food; diet.
  • (Spenser)
  • The environmental influences that contribute to the development of an individual; see also nature.
  • * Milton
  • A man neither by nature nor by nurture wise.


  • To nourish or nurse.
  • (figuratively, by extension) To encourage, especially the growth or development of something.
  • * 2009 , UNESCO, The United Nations World Water Development Report – N° 3 - 2009 – Freshwater and International Law (the Interplay between Universal, Regional and Basin Perspectives) , page 10, ISBN 9231041363
  • The relationships between universal norms and specific norms nurture the development of international law.




  • Fully developed; grown up in terms of physical appearance, behaviour or thinking; ripe.
  • She is quite mature for her age.
  • Profound; careful.
  • The headmaster decided to expel the boy after a mature consideration.
  • (obsolete) Come to, or in a state of, completed suppuration.
  • Antonyms

    * (grown up) childish, immature * (profound) superficial


  • To become mature; to ripen.
  • To gain experience or wisdom with age.
  • (finance) To reach the date when payment is due
  • Derived terms

    * mature up