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full-term (adjective)


gestated for the entire duration of normal pregnancy


adjective (modifies a noun)

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

a healthy full-term baby

See also:


All senses of full-term...

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:


of or relating to a pregnancy that lasted the full nine months (12 of 374 words, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/full-term 1

Macmillan British Dictionary:


a full-term baby is born after the normal length of time in its mother's body (15 of 37 words)




retained in the uterus for the normal period of gestation before birth (12 of 35 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)


Random House Dictionary:


of or noting the entire duration of normal pregnancy. | serving the complete designated term of office. (16 of 29 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)


Oxford Dictionary:

mature | maturer [comparative] | maturest [superlative] | full-grown [synonym, sense-specific] | maturely [derived]

fully developed physically; full-grown | (especially of a young person) having reached a stage of mental or emotional development characteristic of an ... (21 of 279 words, 12 definitions, 14 usage examples, pronunciation)


American Heritage Dictionary:

mature | matured [past tense] | maturing [present participle] | matures [3rd-person singular present] | maturer [comparative] | maturest [superlative] | maturely [adverb, related] | matureness [noun, related]

Having reached full natural growth or development | Having reached a desired or final condition; ripe | Of, relating to, or characteristic of full ... (22 of 188 words, 13 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)


New World Dictionary:

mature | matured [past tense] | maturing [present participle] | maturely [adverb, related] | matureness [noun, related]

full-grown, as plants or animals ; ripe, as fruits ; fully developed, as a person, a mind, etc. | fully or highly developed, perfected, worked out, ... (25 of 133 words, 9 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)



Mature [disambiguation]

the adjectival form of maturity, which has several meanings. Mature may also refer to: "Mature 17+", a rating in the Entertainment Software Rating Board video game rating system | Mature, a character from The King of Fighters series | Victor Mature ... (39 of 133 words, 8 definitions)


Cambridge Dictionary:

mature [entry 1]

[approving] Mature people behave like adults in a way that shows they are well developed emotionally | A mature decision is one which is made after a ... (26 of 53 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/mature 1

mature [entry 2, formal]

completely grown physically (3 of 25 words, 4 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/mature 2

mature [entry 3]

having a flavour that is completely developed (7 of 20 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/mature 3

mature [entry 4, specialized]

A mature investment is ready to be paid. (8 of 16 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/mature 4

mature [entry 5]

[approving] to become more developed mentally and emotionally and behave in a responsible way | [approving] If ideas, opinions, etc. mature, they ... (21 of 65 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/mature 5

mature [entry 6]

to become completely grown physically (5 of 22 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/mature 6

mature [entry 7]

to make food and wine old enough for the flavour to have developed completely (14 of 39 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/mature 7

mature [entry 8, specialized]

If an insurance agreement or an investment matures, it becomes ready to be paid (14 of 28 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/mature 8


mature | matured [past tense] | maturing [present participle] | matures [3rd-person singular present] | maturest [superlative] | childish [antonym, sense-specific] | immature [antonym, sense-specific] | superficial [antonym, sense-specific] | ripe [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

Fully developed; grown up in terms of physical appearance, behaviour or thinking; ripe. | Profound; careful. | [intransitive, food, fruits] To become mature; to ripen. | [intransitive] To gain experience or wisdom with age. | [intransitive, finance] To... (34 of 55 words, 5 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)


Encarta Dictionary:

mature | matured [past tense] | maturing [present participle] | matures [3rd-person singular present]

showing the mental, emotional, or physical characteristics associated with a fully developed adult person | showing qualities gained by development ... (19 of 375 words, 14 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861678549​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Macmillan British Dictionary:


Audio: British English pronunciation of "full-term"


Macmillan American Dictionary:


Audio: North American pronunciation of "full-term"


the Free Dictionary:


Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "full-term"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "full-term"


Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:


Audio: North American pronunciation of "full-term"

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