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[rahy-puh n]
verb (used with or without object)
  1. to make or become ripe.
  2. to bring or come to maturity, the proper condition, etc.; mature.
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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
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Related Words for ripening

cultivate, bloom, age, mellow, advance, develop, evolve, perfect, flower, season, fruit, maturate, heighten, grow, improve

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British Dictionary definitions for ripening


  1. to make or become ripe
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Derived Formsripener, noun
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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.

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