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[rahy-puh n] /ˈraɪ pən/
verb (used with or without object)
to make or become ripe.
to bring or come to maturity, the proper condition, etc.; mature.
Origin of ripen
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 Unabridged
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  • Tradition vaits for years to ripen vine and make it perfect.

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  • Such likings at first sight often ripen into lasting friendships.

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  • I'm green, but in the sunshine of your experience I agree to ripen rapidly.

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  • That done, he was to return and ripen his preparations for the business he had undertaken.

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  • I gave the scullion a Louis, and went away to ripen my plans.

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  • But he had sown a seed of misliking, and it had opportunity to ripen.

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  • The outside of Braja Babu's head had then already begun to ripen into grey!

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British Dictionary definitions for ripen


to make or become ripe
Derived Forms
ripener, noun
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Word Origin and History for ripen

"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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