Definition of ripen in English:



  • Become or make ripe.

    [no object] ‘honeydew melons ripen slowly’
    [with object] ‘for ease of harvesting, the fruit is ripened to order’
    • ‘As the apples begin to ripen, orders go out that all the windfall apples and the main crop later on are to be reserved for the sole use of the pigs.’
    • ‘Fruit ripened on every tree and birdsong filled the air.’
    • ‘The fruit drops off before ripening and has poor color.’
    • ‘The flowers were still as beautiful and bright as the first day I had been there, and the fruit was still ripened to perfection, dangling from the trees.’
    • ‘The dome-shaped shade displays apples and grapes arranged in a progression of color as the fruits appear to ripen with the seasons.’
    • ‘As the fruit ripens, on or off the tree, its skin becomes less rough and hard, and reveals a yellow colour when scratched, instead of the green which unripe fruit would show.’
    • ‘Fresh tomatoes can be stored in the fridge, but are significantly better ripened and served at room temperature.’
    • ‘If an unexpected frost occurs, undamaged fruits can be salvaged and ripened.’
    • ‘As the seeds ripen, they begin to extrude from the fruit casing.’
    • ‘Before we release a new blueberry plant, we want to know when the fruit ripens, that the plants grow vigorously, and that they produce high-quality fruit.’
    • ‘Wheat in Nebraska usually ripens under warm, dry conditions that favor development of quality grain for bread making.’
    • ‘Plastics may be used early in the season to increase soil temperatures and extend the growing season or to help ripen fruit.’
    • ‘Acorns and black gum fruits also ripen in autumn.’
    • ‘Fruit ripens in late September to early October and keeps two to three months.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The fruit ripens 73-80 days from full bloom.’
    • ‘As it ripens in the fall, the fruit often hangs in the tree after all the leaves have fallen off.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I tell Ray that by the time I'm finished picking one row I'll be able to start over, since more fruit will have ripened by then.’
    make ripe, mature, bring to maturity, mellow
    become ripe, mature, come to maturity, mellow
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