[ verb ] cause to ripen or develop fully
"The sun ripens the fruit" "Age matures a good wine"
Used in print(The Sun, [Baltimore],...)
The flavor of Baltimore 's Florida_Grapefruit_League news ripened considerably late today when the Orioles were advised that Ron_Hansen has fulfilled his obligations under the Army 's military training_program and is ready for belated spring_training .
[ verb ] grow ripe
"The plums ripen in July"
Used in print(Organic Gardening and Farming,...)
It is roughly shaped like a large pear , and when properly ripened , its dark green skin covers a meaty , melon like pulp that has about the consistency of a ripe Bartlett_pear , but oily .