Definition of ripen
ripeningplay \ˈrī-pə-niŋ, ˈrīp-niŋ\
: to grow or become ripe
1 : to make ripe
2a : to bring to completeness or perfectionb : to age or cure (cheese) to develop characteristic flavor, odor, body, texture, and colorc : to improve flavor and tenderness of (beef or game) by aging under refrigeration
ripenerplay \ˈrī-pə-nər, ˈrīp-nər\ noun
Examples of ripen in a Sentence
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.
Recent Examples of ripen from the Web
Transporting food requires fossil fuels and, often, processing to ripen or preserve.
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First Known Use of ripen
RIPEN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of ripen for English Language Learners
: to become ripe and ready to eat
: to make (something) ripe
RIPEN Defined for Kids
Definition of ripen for Students
: to make or become ripe
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