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- v. Simple past tense and past participle of ripen.
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- adj. of wines, fruit, cheeses; having reached a desired or final condition; (`aged' pronounced as one syllable)
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The latter rain ripened the grain, as the former rain in October tended to fructify the seed.
Directly the rains ceased, the grain ripened with still greater rapidity, and was gathered in before the end of May.
But care should be taken that the wood has ripened, which is known by its assuming a brown and hard appearance, This strengthens the vegetation of the branches, which begin to throw out buds, and these shortly form collateral branches; in the course of eighteen months after the tree will have arrived at its bearing point.
The Commercial Products of the Vegetable Kingdom Considered in Their Various Uses to Man and in Their Relation to the Arts and Manufactures; Forming a Practical Treatise & Handbook of Reference for the Colonist, Manufacturer, Merchant, and Consumer, on the Cultivation, Preparation for Shipment, and Commercial Value, &c. of the Various Substances Obtained From Trees and Plants, Entering into the Husbandry of Tropical and Sub-tropical Regions, &c.
It was probably due to the ardent piety of former times and the careful preservation from dangerous society that such casual calls ripened into solid vocations.
In the 16th year of his age, being still at Westminster school, he published a collection of poems, under the title of Poetical Blossoms, in which there are many things that bespeak a ripened genius, and a wit, rather manly than puerile.
When the idea ripened, and the seed grew, and the plant shot its roots into the ground of reality, away from fleeting emotions and improper hastiness, then the Islamic Resistance Movement [Hamas]  set out to play its role, marching onward for the sake of Allah.
For making butter the cream should be "ripened," i.e. it should contain certain bacteria.
Barthou's impartiality cannot be impugned, for he appears to know nothing about the Illuminati or Mirabeau's connexion with them, and regards the Memoir in question as solely the outcome of Mirabeau's mind which had "ripened" since 1772.
This acidity is measured by the development of the lactic-acid bacteria that normally abound in the milk; or, as the cheese-maker expresses it, the milk is "ripened" to the proper point.
It was at the point where Noozak had fished four or five days previously, and where they had returned yesterday to feast on the "ripened" catch.
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