[[t]pre̱mətʃʊ͟ə(r), AM pri͟ː-[/t]]
1) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n Something that is premature happens earlier than usual or earlier than people expect.

Accidents are still the number one cause of premature death for Americans...

His career was brought to a premature end by a succession of knee injuries.

...a twenty-four-year-old man who suffered from premature baldness.

Derived words:
prematurely ADV-GRADED ADV with v, ADV adj

The war and the years in the harsh mountains had prematurely aged him...

The heavy rain driving against the windows made the room prematurely dark.

2) ADJ-GRADED: usu v-link ADJ, oft it v-link ADJ to-inf You can say that something is premature when it happens too early and is therefore inappropriate.

It now seems their optimism was premature...

I think it's premature for restaurants to come out with that advice.

Derived words:
prematurely ADV-GRADED usu ADV with v, also ADV adj

Holmgren is careful not to celebrate prematurely.

3) ADJ-GRADED A premature baby is one that was born before the date when it was expected to be born.

Even very young premature babies respond to their mother's presence...

When my daughter Emma was born she was two and a half months premature.

Derived words:
prematurely ADV-GRADED ADV after v

Danny was born prematurely, weighing only 3lb 3oz.

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