from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To make or become ripe or riper; mature. See Synonyms at mature.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. to grow ripe; to become mature, as in botany: grain, fruit, flowers, and the like; as, grapes ripen in the sun.
- v. To approach or come to perfection.
- v. To cause to mature; to make ripe; as, the warm days ripened the corn.
- v. To mature; to fit or prepare; to bring to perfection; as, to ripen the judgment.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To grow ripe; to become mature, as grain, fruit, flowers, and the like.
- intransitive v. To approach or come to perfection.
- transitive v. To cause to mature; to make ripe.
- transitive v. To mature; to fit or prepare; to bring to perfection.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To grow ripe; come to maturity, as grain or fruit: used by extension of the maturing of anything, as of a boil.
- To become fit for some particular use by lying or resting.
- To approach or come to completeness or perfection; come to a state of fitness or readiness; be prepared or made ready: as, the project is ripening for execution.
- Synonyms See mature, a.
- To mature; make ripe, as grain or fruit.
- To bring to maturity, perfection, or completion; develop to a desired or desirable state.
- To make fit or ready for use.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. grow ripe
- v. cause to ripen or develop fully
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