verb rip·en \ˈrī-pən, ˈrī-pəm\
: to become ripe and ready to eat
: to make (something) ripe
rip·enedrip·en·ing \ˈrī-pə-niŋ, ˈrīp-niŋ\
a : to bring to completeness or perfection
b : to age or cure (cheese) to develop characteristic flavor, odor, body, texture, and color
c : to improve flavor and tenderness of (beef or game) by aging under refrigeration
— rip·en·er \ˈrī-pə-nər, ˈrīp-nər\ noun
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Examples of RIPEN
- The tomatoes finished ripening on the windowsill.
- You can ripen the fruit by placing it in a paper bag and storing it at room temperature for a few days.
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