ripen

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verb rip·en \ˈrī-pən, ˈrī-pəm\

Definition of ripen

ripened

;

ripening

play \ˈrī-pə-niŋ, ˈrīp-niŋ\
  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to grow or become ripe

  3. transitive verb
  4. 1 :  to make ripe

  5. 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

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.

15th Century

First Known Use of ripen

15th century


RIPEN Defined for English Language Learners

ripen

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verb rip·en \ˈrī-pən, ˈrī-pəm\

Definition of ripen for English Language Learners

  • : to become ripe and ready to eat

  • : to make (something) ripe


RIPEN Defined for Kids

ripen

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verb rip·en \ˈrī-pən\

Definition of ripen for Students

ripened

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ripening

  1. :  to make or become ripe



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