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Before harvest the fields are drained to let the sun ripen the heads. Food Watch (1994)The longer the fruit is allowed to ripen on the tree the more sweet its flavour. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Big fruits and early ripening make this ideal for gardens and large containers. The Sun (2011)This leaves room for other fruits to ripen as the season progresses. Times, Sunday Times (2015)The heatwave has resulted in some fruits ripening almost a month ahead of schedule. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Seeds and fruit are ripening on the trees. Times, Sunday Times (2011)Lots of fruit all ripening beautifully in the sunshine. The Sun (2014)But ripening fruit can play host to worms. Times, Sunday Times (2014)The question of food miles is swept away with the explanation that they need the sun to ripen their fruit. Times, Sunday Times (2009)But these compact trees ripen early. The Sun (2009)Its fruit ripen in early autumn. Times, Sunday Times (2010)They will take some time to ripen and turn brown, then they will come spinning down. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The 23-year-old has taken a long time to ripen and it is still a continuing process. Times, Sunday Times (2013)And the infant serenely smiled to herself, content not to understand until the time should ripen. What the Bee Knows - reflections on myth, symbol and story (1989)This will help to ripen the fruit, and to discourage pests and disease. Times, Sunday Times (2007)Once the fruits ripen they can strip a plant in hours, leaving your hard work wasted. The Sun (2012)My neighbours have a monster, covered in ripening fruits. Times, Sunday Times (2016)At present the fruit is ripening on the twigs, and looks like small brown cherries. Times, Sunday Times (2011)The plums that ripen in early autumn are sweet and edible, and can be red or purple. Times, Sunday Times (2008)FRUIT crops are set to ripen two weeks early this autumn, experts say. The Sun (2014)At present they are feeding mostly on insects and slugs in the grass, but as the berries ripen on the trees that will change. Times, Sunday Times (2009)September's dose of warm weather came at the perfect time to ripen up the berries that grew fat under the wet skies of August. Times, Sunday Times (2011)
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British English: ripen VERB
When crops ripen or when the sun ripens them, they become ripe.
I'm waiting for the apples to ripen.
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