ripening

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Ripen \Rip"en\, verb (used without an object) [imp. & p. p. {Ripened};p. pr. & vb. n. {Ripening}.]

1. To grow ripe; to become mature, as grain, fruit, flowers, and the like; as, grapes ripen in the sun.

2. To approach or come to perfection.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

ripening

noun

1: coming to full development; becoming mature [syn: {maturation}, {ripening}, {maturement}]

2: acquiring desirable qualities by being left undisturbed for some time [syn: {ripening}, {aging}, {ageing}]


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