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ripen into (something)

1. Of a food, to become ripe or mature over time and enter into a new form, state, or condition. We must first press the curds to get rid of excess moisture before they begin ripening into cheese. Bees mix a special secretion with the nectar as they collect it from flowers. They then deposit the mixture into the combs of the hive, and it eventually ripens into honey.
2. Of a person, to change, develop, or mature over time until one enters into a new state, condition, or type of person. She was pretty brash and headstrong when she first took over the company, but she has ripened into a strong, reliable, and steady-handed leader over the last 10 years. As he ripened into adulthood, Jake left much of his boyish wonder and naïveté behind.
3. Of a situation or circumstance, to grow or develop into some new, more complex or deep-seated state or condition. Many believe the rumblings of the population are going to ripen into full-blown rebellion. Any relationship will have its highs and lows, but those couples who can communicate effectively and look past their own individual insecurities will eventually ripen into strong, happy unions.
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ripen up

To grow ripe; to become mature enough to harvest or pick. Make sure you plant your tomatoes in a spot that gets plenty of sunshine, or else it will take a whole lot longer for them to ripen up.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

ripen into something

1. Lit. to ripen and become something recognizable. This little green ball will ripen into an apple.
2. Fig. to mature into something. This problem is going to ripen into a real crisis if we don't do something about it right now. The small matter ripened into a large problem in a short time.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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At present, the team is conducting a series of trials in order to standardize the application of the alternative ripening agents on varieties of mango.
Like their Plateau counterparts, many fruit sellers in Kogi have claimed ignorance of artificial ripening processes.
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MNA Tahira Aurangzeb raised the issue during the last session of the National Assembly and asked if there was any proposal under the consideration of the government to impose a ban on the ripening of fruits by using calcium carbide in Islamabad.
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The aim of this study was to investigate the changes in polyphenols content and antioxidant capacities during ripening of organically and conventionally cultivated tomato fruits.
Thus, genes associated to fruit ripening can be used as biomarkers for physiological disorders, storage time and marketing decisions.
The heat load of the ripening room, as with any other cold store, depends upon the product storage quantity and incoming temperature, inside and outside temperatures and humidity, size of the room, required air changes and miscellaneous loads such as lighting and the equipment inside.
The study was aimed to compare the cheddar cheese made from buffalo and cow milk with respect to composition and proteolysis (water-soluble nitrogen, non-protein-nitrogen) during ripening. The assessment of proteolysis in cheese through RP-HPLC was also core part of present exploration.
Chairman, Regional Standing Committee on Horticulture Exports, Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI), Ahmad Jawad, has called for establishing ripening centres to cater to the needs of sophisticated markets and increase mango export.
High Court had taken up the case suo motu after media reported the dangers posed by the use of hazardous chemicals for ripening fruits.