• synonyms


[rahy-puh n]
See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
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

First recorded in 1555–65; ripe + -en1
Related formsrip·en·er, nounhalf-rip·ened, adjectiveo·ver·rip·en, verbun·der·rip·ened, adjectiveun·rip·ened, adjectiveun·rip·en·ing, adjectivewell-rip·ened, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for ripening

Historical Examples

British Dictionary definitions for ripening


  1. to make or become ripe
Derived Formsripener, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for ripening



"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