- to make or become ripe.
- to bring or come to maturity, the proper condition, etc.; mature.
Origin of ripen
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Examples from the Web for ripening
Keep the borders clear from weeds, and stir the earth about the roots of the trees; this will hasten the ripening of the fruit.
Avenues intersected the great blocks of ripening amber cane.Captain Blood
The seasonal sum of heat for ripening is probably 1600 to 2400 units.
Other factors, of course, than length of season enter into the ripening of grapes.
Unfortunately the fruit is susceptible to black-rot and shrivels after ripening.
- to make or become ripe
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Word Origin and History for ripening
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