verb (used with or without object)
Examples from the Web for ripen
The motions will “ripen,” in the rather charming legislative argot applied to this aggressively charmless process, next Tuesday.
Perhaps Snickers should have let Barr and Lewis ripen another 20 years.
The first, in 1990-91, was necessary, launched only after circumstance and great diplomatic effort had allowed it to “ripen.”
Only as fast as we need additional activities do they ripen.The Mind and Its Education|George Herbert Betts
They eat many, roast and boiled, and leave them on the trees to ripen.The Voyages of Pedro Fernandez de Quiros|Pedro Fernandez de Quiros
It is cooked much dryer in the making, so it takes longer to ripen and then keeps longer than any other.The Complete Book of Cheese|Robert Carlton Brown
The broom corn is not left to ripen, as formerly, but is cut when it is quite green, and the seed not much past the milk.The Commercial Products of the Vegetable Kingdom|P. L. Simmonds
It shall But haste the confirmation of our loves, And ripen the delights of marriage, Seleucus.Beaumont & Fletcher's Works (8 of 10)|Francis Beaumont