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ripen

[rahy-puh n] /ˈraɪ pən/
verb (used with or without object)
1.
to make or become ripe.
2.
to bring or come to maturity, the proper condition, etc.; mature.
Origin of ripen
1555-1565
First recorded in 1555-65; ripe + -en1
Related forms
ripener, noun
half-ripened, adjective
overripen, verb
underripened, adjective
unripened, adjective
unripening, adjective
well-ripened, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for ripen

ripen

/ˈraɪpən/
verb
1.
to make or become ripe
Derived Forms
ripener, noun
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Word Origin and History for ripen
v.

"to grow ripe," 1560s, from ripe + -en (1). Related: Ripened; ripening. Earlier, the verb was simply ripe, from late Old English ripian, from the adjective.

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