follow Dictionary.com

11 Trending Words of 2014

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
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for half-ripened

ripen

/ˈraɪpən/
verb
1.
to make or become ripe
Derived Forms
ripener, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for half-ripened

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for ripen

Many English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for half

10
10
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with half-ripened