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ripen

[rahy-puh n] /ˈraɪ pən/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
1.
to make or become ripe.
2.
to bring or come to maturity, the proper condition, etc.; mature.
Origin
1555-1565
1555-65; ripe + -en1
Related forms
ripener, noun
half-ripened, adjective
overripen, verb
underripened, adjective
unripened, adjective
unripening, adjective
well-ripened, adjective
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Examples 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.
British Dictionary definitions for ripening

ripen

/ˈraɪpən/
verb
1.
to make or become ripe
Derived Forms
ripener, noun
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