verb \ˈrī-pən, ˈrī-pəm\

: to become ripe and ready to eat

: to make (something) ripe

rip·enedrip·en·ing \ˈrī-pə-niŋ, ˈrīp-niŋ\

Full Definition of RIPEN

intransitive verb
:  to grow or become ripe
transitive verb
:  to make ripe
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

Examples of RIPEN

  1. The tomatoes finished ripening on the windowsill.
  2. You can ripen the fruit by placing it in a paper bag and storing it at room temperature for a few days.

First Known Use of RIPEN



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