Simple Definition of ripen
: to become ripe and ready to eat
: to make (something) ripe
Full Definition of ripen
rip·enedrip·en·ing play \ˈrī-pə-niŋ, ˈrīp-niŋ\
: to grow or become ripe
1 : to make ripe
2 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
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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