Definition of ripen in US 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 seeds ripen, they begin to extrude from the fruit casing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘The fruit ripens 73-80 days from full bloom.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Fresh tomatoes can be stored in the fridge, but are significantly better ripened and served at room temperature.’
    • ‘Wheat in Nebraska usually ripens under warm, dry conditions that favor development of quality grain for bread making.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Fruit ripens in late September to early October and keeps two to three months.’
    • ‘The fruit drops off before ripening and has poor color.’
    • ‘Plastics may be used early in the season to increase soil temperatures and extend the growing season or to help ripen fruit.’
    • ‘Fruit ripened on every tree and birdsong filled the air.’
    • ‘If an unexpected frost occurs, undamaged fruits can be salvaged and ripened.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As it ripens in the fall, the fruit often hangs in the tree after all the leaves have fallen off.’
    • ‘Acorns and black gum fruits also ripen in autumn.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    become ripe, mature, come to maturity, mellow
    make ripe, mature, bring to maturity, mellow
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