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
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.
Some peaches may need to be stored at room temperature to ripen.
Blueberries come in several varieties that ripen at different times.
Johnson-Dunlop shares two of his favorite recipes for others to try when the summer's bountiful crops start ripening.
This weekend's string of 90-plus degree heat, which promises to extend through the early part of this week, is certain to shorten what's left of the strawberry season by ripening all of the remaining fruit in the same time span.
Guillermo Pedroza with J&J Organic Farm said Saturday's farmers market is just a preview of what is to come once the season is in full swing and the produce begins to ripen.
Transporting food requires fossil fuels and, often, processing to ripen or preserve.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'ripen'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
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
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up ripen? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).