rip·en /ˈraɪpən, ˈraɪpṃ/
Rip·en v. i. [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.
Rip·en, v. t.
1. To cause to mature; to make ripe; as, the warm days ripened the corn.
2. 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.
v 1: cause to ripen or develop fully; "The sun ripens the fruit";
"Age matures a good wine" [syn: mature]
2: grow ripe; "The plums ripen in July"