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English definition of “ripen”

ripen

verb     /ˈraɪ.pən/
[I or T] to (cause to) become ripe: The summer sunshine ripened the melons. These melons are ripening nicely.Various qualities of food [I] to develop to a suitable condition for something to happen: My plans are ripening - now all I need is official approval.Making progress and advancingBecoming better
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