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I need to know the correct pronunciation of the word "mature". Is it məˈtʃʊr, məˈtjʊə(r) or məˈtʊr? And which one is mostly used, across the globe.

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There's no "correct" pronunciation, because many dialects pronounce words differently. Probably the first listed is most used, but it's probably going to be difficult to find out definitively. –  Andrew Leach May 20 '13 at 10:00
You just simply cannot ask a "how do I pronounce X" question without specifying a dialect. It makes no sense otherwise. To help you out a bit, the two major "prestige" dialects are RP in England and Standard American English in the USA. However, if you primarly want to talk to Aussies or Canadians or South Africans, you should probably ask about their dialect instead. Your answer will be different depending on which one you want. –  T.E.D. May 20 '13 at 13:26
If it helps, I think the ch pronunciation came out of the ty pronunciation. You hear many British people pronounce opportunity as or as something close to opporchoonity. –  Kaiser Octavius Jun 19 '13 at 14:00
This link has the pronunciation in written and audio forms dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/mature_1?q=mature# –  Tristan r Jul 8 '14 at 14:15

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In most cases it is pronounced məˈtʃʊr, since the 't' is not that sharp as in məˈtʊr, and the 'r' is not silent as in məˈtjʊə(r).

This is just based on the average English dialect/accent, although the other pronunciations are widely used by lots of people.

Theoretically, the correct pronunciation would be məˈtʊr, but it is not regarded as wrong if and when pronounced otherwise. As Andrew Leach said, there is technically no right or wrong pronunciation, just a preferred/common way, depending on where you are from or what accent you have.

South Africa has an overwhelming amount of people pronouncing it as məˈtʃʊr.

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