verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
to make or become ripe.
to bring or come to maturity, the proper condition, etc.; mature.

1555–65; ripe + -en1

ripener, noun
half-ripened, adjective
overripen, verb
underripened, adjective
unripened, adjective
unripening, adjective
well-ripened, adjective Unabridged
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ripen (ˈraɪpən)
to make or become ripe

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Example sentences for +ripening
Nevertheless, during the ripening of apples and bananas, browning occurs.
His birth is like the birth of new plants his maturation like the ripening of the plant.
These compounds have also been identified in several ripening fruits.
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