ripen

verb
rip·​en | \ ˈrī-pən How to pronounce ripen (audio) , ˈrī-pᵊm\
ripened; ripening\ ˈrī-​pə-​niŋ How to pronounce ripening (audio) , ˈrīp-​niŋ \

Definition of ripen

intransitive verb

: to grow or become ripe

transitive verb

1 : to make ripe
2a : 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

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Other Words from ripen

ripener \ ˈrī-​pə-​nər How to pronounce ripener (audio) , 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.

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This will trap the ripening ethylene gases and expedite the process. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "Here's How to Store Pretty Much Any Kind of Produce," 25 June 2018 The 52-acre farm has 13 acres of blueberries, cattle and sheep as well as blackberries, which ripen the same time as blueberries. Judy Walker, NOLA.com, "3 easy blueberry recipes: Pick 'em fresh to make sweet treats," 15 May 2018 Before that, England’s rudimentary attempts at winemaking involved obscure white varieties, mostly from Germany, on the theory that nothing else would ripen. Bruce Schoenfeld, WSJ, "English Wine Discovers Its New Sparkle," 5 Dec. 2018 The young icon imbued her eponymous neighborhood with an edge that’s only ripened over time. Elizabeth Wellington, Vogue, "Where to Eat and Shop in Malasaña, the Williamsburg of Madrid," 22 July 2018 No gardener wants to see insects wreaking havoc on a bed full of ripening produce. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "The 10 Most Destructive Garden Insects and How to Get Rid of Them," 10 July 2018 At the same time, farther north, the crop marks were just beginning to appear, and the wheat is just now beginning to ripen. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Climate change brings Britain and Ireland’s hidden past to the surface," 1 Aug. 2018 At the height of the season's popularity, many farms will close early in order to let more berries ripen because the patches have been picked through. 2. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Strawberry season is almost here. Here are 8 Milwaukee-area farms where you can pick your own.," 16 May 2018 People with vestibular migraines can have specific triggers that bring on these symptoms, like changes in sleep patterns, menstruation, and foods like chocolate, ripened or aged cheese, and red wine, Johns Hopkins Medicine says. Korin Miller, SELF, "How to Tell if Vestibular Migraines Are Why You Get Dizzy So Often," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of ripen

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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ripen

verb

English Language Learners Definition of ripen

: to become ripe and ready to eat
: to make (something) ripe

ripen

verb
rip·​en | \ ˈrī-pən How to pronounce ripen (audio) \
ripened; ripening

Kids Definition of ripen

: to make or become ripe

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