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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

 ripening
      n 1: coming to full development; becoming mature [syn: maturation,
            maturement]
      2: acquiring desirable qualities by being left undisturbed for
         some time [syn: aging, ageing]