ripen

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ripen (third-person singular simple present ripens, present participle ripening, simple past and past participle ripened)

  1. (intransitive) to grow ripe; to become mature, as in botany: grain, fruit, flowers, and the like; as, grapes ripen in the sun.
  2. (intransitive) To approach or come to perfection.
  3. (transitive) To cause to mature; to make ripe; as, the warm days ripened the corn.
  4. (transitive) 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.

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