ripen

[ rahy-puh n ]
/ ˈraɪ pən /
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verb (used with or without object)

to make or become ripe.
to bring or come to maturity, the proper condition, etc.; mature.

Nearby words

  1. riparian rights,
  2. ripcord,
  3. ripe,
  4. ripe old age,
  5. ripe rot,
  6. ripidolite,
  7. ripieno,
  8. ripken,
  9. ripley,
  10. ripley, george

Origin of ripen

First recorded in 1555–65; ripe + -en1

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British Dictionary definitions for ripening

ripen

/ (ˈraɪpən) /

verb

to make or become ripe
Derived Formsripener, noun

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Word Origin and History for ripening

ripen

v.

"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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