verb (ripened; ripening) Date: 1561 intransitive verb to grow or become ripe transitive verb 1. to make ripe 2. a. to bring to completeness or perfection b. to age or cure (cheese) to develop characteristic flavor, odor, body, texture, and color c. to improve flavor and tenderness of (beef or game) by aging under refrigeration • ripener noun

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  • Ripen — Rip en, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Ripened};p. pr. & vb. n. {Ripening}.] 1. To grow ripe; to become mature, as grain, fruit, flowers, and the like; as, grapes ripen in the sun. [1913 Webster] 2. To approach or come to perfection. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ripen — Rip en, v. t. 1. To cause to mature; to make ripe; as, the warm days ripened the corn. [1913 Webster] 2. To mature; to fit or prepare; to bring to perfection; as, to ripen the judgment. [1913 Webster] When faith and love, which parted from thee… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ripen — Ripen, Stift, so v.w. Ribe …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Ripen — Ripen, dän. Amt und Stadt, s. Ribe …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Ripen — Ripen, Stadt in Jütland, s. Ribe …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • ripen — index develop, mature, progress Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • Ripen — Ripen,   deutscher Name der Stadt Ribe in Dänemark.   …   Universal-Lexikon

  • ripen — (v.) to grow ripe, 1560s, from RIPE (Cf. ripe) + EN (Cf. en) (1). Related: Ripened; ripening. Earlier, the verb was simply ripe, from late O.E. ripian, from the adjective …   Etymology dictionary

  • ripen — *mature, develop, age Analogous words: *improve, better: enhance, heighten, *intensify: season (see HARDEN) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • ripen — ► VERB ▪ become or make ripe …   English terms dictionary

  • ripen — [rī′pən] vi., vt. to become or make ripe; mature, age, cure, etc. ripener n …   English World dictionary

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