What does the word ripen mean?

Usage examples for ripen

  1. Dogmas and fruits, in order to form and ripen, need long summers and much sunshine. – Outlines of a Philosophy of Religion based on Psychology and History by Auguste Sabatier
  2. This done, slavery will cease to spread its loathsome diseases through the body politic, virtue will be protected and receive its rewards, and the buds of prosperity will be nourished with energy and ripen into greatness. – Our World, or, The Slaveholders Daughter by F. Colburn Adams