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ripe

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adjective \ˈrīp\

Simple Definition of ripe

  • of fruits and vegetables : fully grown and developed and ready to be eaten

  • : ready or suitable for something

  • of food and especially cheese : brought to full flavor or the best state by being stored for a period of time

Full Definition of ripe

rip·errip·est

  1. 1 :  fully grown and developed :  mature <ripe fruit> <ripe wheat>

  2. 2 :  having mature knowledge, understanding, or judgment

  3. 3 :  of advanced years :  late <a ripe old age>

  4. 4 a :  suitable, appropriate <the time was ripe for the attempt> b :  fully prepared :  ready <the colonies were ripe for revolution>

  5. 5 a :  brought by aging to full flavor or the best state :  mellow <ripe cheese> b :  smelly, stinking

  6. 6 :  ruddy, plump, or full like ripened fruit <a ripe figure>

  7. 7 :  indecent <ripe language>

ripe·ly adverb
ripe·ness noun

Examples of ripe

  1. The apples are nearly ripe.

  2. <the clothes of the field hands were sweaty and ripe after a hard day's work>



Origin of ripe

Middle English, from Old English rīpe; akin to Old English rīpan, reopan to reap


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with ripe



RIPE Defined for Kids

ripe

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adjective \ˈrīp\

Definition of ripe

rip·errip·est

  1. 1 :  fully grown and developed <ripe fruit>

  2. 2 :  of advanced years <a ripe old age>

  3. 3 :  1ready 1 <They were ripe for action.>

ripe·ness noun




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