ripe

adjective
\ ˈrīp How to pronounce ripe (audio) \
riper; ripest

Definition of ripe

1 : fully grown and developed : mature ripe fruit ripe wheat
2 : having mature knowledge, understanding, or judgment
3 : of advanced years : late a ripe old age
4a : suitable, appropriate the time was ripe for the attempt
b : fully prepared : ready the colonies were ripe for revolution
5a : brought by aging to full flavor or the best state : mellow ripe cheese
6 : ruddy, plump, or full like ripened fruit a ripe figure
7 : indecent ripe language

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Other Words from ripe

ripely adverb
ripeness noun

Examples of ripe in a Sentence

The apples are nearly ripe. the clothes of the field hands were sweaty and ripe after a hard day's work

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And that whole messy slew has proven ripe for a rising terrorist threat known as Albion to take advantage of. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Watch Dogs Legion gameplay premiere: Taking the “N” out of “NPC”," 10 June 2019 Conditions ripe for fire — winds, low humidity, dry vegetation and heat — were expected to last into Sunday. Washington Post, "California utility proactively cuts power because of weather," 9 June 2019 Conditions ripe for fire — winds, low humidity, dry vegetation and heat — were expected to last into Sunday. Fox News, "California utility proactively cuts power because of weather," 9 June 2019 Needless to say, America is not a country ripe for the imposition of Catholic traditionalism. Rich Lowry, National Review, "The Post-Liberal Dead End," 7 June 2019 Bingeing has become part of our current lexicon and true crime is ripe for watching all ten episodes in one sitting. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "The Time of True Crime," 26 Apr. 2019 The situation is ripe for conflict and betrayals, and Brook provides enough of both to keep the plot moving. Nicole Y. Chung, The Seattle Times, "8 books to read before you see the movie adaptations," 20 Feb. 2019 Starch in a green plantain is a versatile scaffolding that can help create fluffy, creamy or shatteringly crisp textures, and sugar in a ripe plantain provides sweetness, stickiness, and fuel for turning golden brown when heated. Ali Bouzari, San Francisco Chronicle, "Housemade: The science behind the skillets at Miss Ollie’s in Oakland," 16 May 2018 Banana Almond Protein Pancakes Combine one ripe mashed banana with one quarter cup plain almond protein powder, two tablespoons crunchy almond butter, one tablespoon pure maple syrup, and one quarter teaspoon ground cinnamon. Health.com, "Why This New Protein Powder Is a Game Changer, According to a Nutritionist," 8 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of ripe

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ripe

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

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ripe

adjective

English Language Learners 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

ripe

adjective
\ ˈrīp How to pronounce ripe (audio) \
riper; ripest

Kids Definition of ripe

1 : fully grown and developed ripe fruit
2 : of advanced years a ripe old age
3 : ready entry 1 sense 1 They were ripe for action.

Other Words from ripe

ripeness noun

ripe

adjective

Legal Definition of ripe

1 : of, relating to, or being a claim for relief that is ready for judicial resolution because the injury is certain to occur and is not merely hypothetical or speculative — compare moot
2 : ready and appropriate for disclosure because reasonably determined to be valid and not required to be kept secret for business reasons used of corporate information

Other Words from ripe

ripeness noun

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