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
They let us gauge the function or dysfunction of the clan, see how our hopes
  ferment, our kids grow and ripen.
Naval oranges ripen then because of the temperatures where they grow.
After the first year, the cones mature and the seeds ripen.
The fruit of nutmeg trees typically ripen early in the day, possibly to take
  advantage of the toucan's early morning activity.
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