to become or make ripe; mature, age, cure, etc.
tr. & intr.v.rip·ened, rip·en·ing, rip·ens
To make or become ripe or riper; mature.
(third-person singular simple present ripens, present participle ripening, simple past and past participle ripened)
- (intransitive) to grow ripe; to become mature, as in botany: grain, fruit, flowers, and the like; as, grapes ripen in the sun.
- (intransitive) To approach or come to perfection.
- To cause to mature; to make ripe; as, the warm days ripened the corn.
- To mature; to fit or prepare; to bring to perfection; as, to ripen the judgment.
- When faith and love, which parted from thee never, Had ripined thy iust soul to dwell with God. --Milton.