Definition of ripen in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈrʌɪp(ə)n/


Become or make ripe: [no object]: honeydew melons ripen slowly [with object]: for ease of harvesting, the fruit is ripened to order
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  • The more rapid development, the better the cheese, some say, while other starter cultures work more slowly and the cheese ripens at a slower pace.
  • If you wanted bananas, he would bring up a bunch of about thirty small green ones from the village for threepence, and put in the kitchen they slowly ripened, a few at a time.
  • And summer gives way to the harvest and the winds of autumn, and the leaves lie dead on the ground and the fruit ripens and rots.
become ripe, mature, come to maturity, mellow;
become tender
make ripe, mature, bring to maturity, mellow

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