ripen

verb rip·en \ ˈrī-pən , ˈrī-pᵊm \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of ripen

ripened; ripening play \ˈrī-pə-niŋ, ˈrīp-niŋ\
intransitive verb
:to grow or become ripe
transitive verb
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

ripener

play \ˈrī-pə-nər, ˈrīp-nər\ noun

Examples of ripen in a Sentence

  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.

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First Known Use of ripen

15th century


RIPEN Defined for English Language Learners

ripen

verb

Definition of ripen for English Language Learners

  • : to become ripe and ready to eat

  • : to make (something) ripe


RIPEN Defined for Kids

ripen

verb rip·en \ ˈrī-pən \

Definition of ripen for Students

ripened; ripening
:to make or become ripe


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