- to make or become ripe.
- to bring or come to maturity, the proper condition, etc.; mature.
Origin of ripen
Related Words for ripeningcultivate, bloom, age, mellow, advance, develop, evolve, perfect, flower, season, fruit, maturate, heighten, grow, improve
Examples from the Web for ripening
Historical Examples of 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
Unfortunately the fruit is susceptible to black-rot and shrivels after ripening.
Other factors, of course, than length of season enter into the ripening of grapes.
The seasonal sum of heat for ripening is probably 1600 to 2400 units.
- to make or become ripe