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Definitions for ripen
ˈraɪ pənripen

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ripen, matureverb

    cause to ripen or develop fully

    "The sun ripens the fruit"; "Age matures a good wine"

  2. ripenverb

    grow ripe

    "The plums ripen in July"


  1. ripenverb

    to grow ripe; to become mature, as in botany: grain, fruit, flowers, and the like; as, grapes ripen in the sun.

  2. ripenverb

    To approach or come to perfection.

  3. ripenverb

    To cause to mature; to make ripe; as, the warm days ripened the corn.

  4. ripenverb

    To mature; to fit or prepare; to bring to perfection; as, to ripen the judgment.

    When faith and love, which parted from thee never, Had ripined thy iust soul to dwell with God. --Milton.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Ripenverb

    To mature; to make ripe.

    My father was no traitor;
    And that I’ll prove on better men than Somerset,
    Were growing time once ripen’d to my will. William Shakespeare.

    When to ripen’d manhood he shall grow,
    The greedy sailor shall the seas forego. Dryden.

    That I settled
    Your father in his throne, was for your sake,
    I left th’ acknowledgment for time to ripen. Dryden.

    The genial sun
    Has daily, since his course begun,
    Rejoiced the metal to refine,
    And ripen’d the Peruvian mine. Addison.

    Be this the cause of more than mortal hate,
    The rest succeeding times shall ripen into fate. Alexander Pope.

    Here elements have lost their uses;
    Air ripens not, nor earth produces. Jonathan Swift.

    Before the ripen’d field the reapers stand. James Thomson.

  2. To Ripenverb

    To grow ripe.

    Etymology: from ripe.

    This is the state of man; to-day he puts forth
    The tender leaves of hopes, to-morrow blossoms,
    And bears his blushing honours thick upon him;
    The third day comes a frost, a killing frost;
    And when he thinks, good easy man, full surely
    His greatness is a ripening, nips his root;
    And then he falls as I do. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    Afore the sour grape is ripening in the flower. Is. xviii. 5.

    The pricking of a fruit, before it ripeneth, ripens the fruit more suddenly. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    Trees, that ripen latest, blossom soonest; as peaches and cornelians; and it is a work of providence that they blossom so soon; for otherwise they could not have the sun long enough to ripen. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    Melons on beds of ice are taught to bear,
    And strangers to the sun yet ripen here. George Granville.


  1. ripen

    Ripening is a process in fruits that causes them to become more palatable. In general, fruit becomes sweeter, less green, and softer as it ripens. Even though the acidity of fruit increases as it ripens, the higher acidity level does not make the fruit seem tarter. This effect is attributed to the Brix-Acid Ratio. Climacteric fruits ripen after harvesting and so some fruits for market are picked green (e.g. bananas and tomatoes). Underripe fruits are also fibrous, not as juicy, and have tougher outer flesh than ripe fruits (see Mouth feel). Eating unripe fruit can lead to stomachache or stomach cramps, and ripeness affects the palatability of fruit.


  1. ripen

    To ripen means to become fully matured, developed, or ready, often in relation to edible crops, fruits, or vegetables. It can also refer to the process of natural development or evolution to a complete, mature, or desirable state in a non-physical context.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ripenverb

    to grow ripe; to become mature, as grain, fruit, flowers, and the like; as, grapes ripen in the sun

  2. Ripenverb

    to approach or come to perfection

  3. Ripenverb

    to cause to mature; to make ripe; as, the warm days ripened the corn

  4. Ripenverb

    to mature; to fit or prepare; to bring to perfection; as, to ripen the judgment


  1. Ripen

    Ripen is the second studio album by singer/songwriter Shawn McDonald on Sparrow Records.

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Anagrams for ripen »

  1. repin

  2. piner

  3. prine

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ripen in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ripen in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of ripen in a Sentence

  1. Debasish Mridha, M.D.:

    Plant the trees just for beauty. If flowers bloom or fruits ripen, enjoy it as a gift and appreciate nature as a universal giver.

  2. Tannwen Mount:

    Most farmers have planted varieties that are going to ripen over time, so folks can come back and pick throughout the season.

  3. Epictetus:

    No great thing is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig. If you tell me that you desire a fig, I answer you that there must be time. Let it first blossom, then bear fruit, then ripen.

  4. Ravindra Pasale:

    Don't allow the ego fruit to ripen before it falls.

  5. Marcus Aurelius:

    Nothing important comes into being overnight; even grapes or figs need time to ripen. If you say that you want a fig now, I will tell you to be patient. First, you must allow the tree to flower, then put forth fruit; then you have to wait until the fruit is ripe. So if the fruit of a fig tree is not brought to maturity instantly or in an hour, how do you expect the human mind to come to fruition, so quickly and easily?

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