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ripen

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verb rip·en \ˈrī-pən, ˈrī-pəm\

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\

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to grow or become ripe

  3. transitive verb
  4. 1 :  to make ripe

  5. 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

rip·en·er play \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.



1561

First Known Use of ripen

1561



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