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
Some of these varieties thrived extremely well in the arid testing environments, due to characteristics like their berries ripening near the end of autumn, and to water-retention mechanisms like restricting or slowing leaf growth.
McCallum said strawberry picking usually is finished for the year by the Fourth of July, so what did ripen is pretty much gone.
Note: To quickly ripen bananas for baking, bake them unpeeled on a baking sheet at 250 degrees until soft, 15-20 minutes.
This new NPR poll lands like a turd in an already-ripening punch bowl for Senate Republicans.
Some peaches may need to be stored at room temperature to ripen.
Blueberries come in several varieties that ripen at different times.
Avocados are taken there to ripen, detectives said.
Johnson-Dunlop shares two of his favorite recipes for others to try when the summer's bountiful crops start ripening.
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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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