ripe

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adjective \ˈrīp\

Definition of ripe

riper

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ripest

  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. 4a :  suitable, appropriate the time was ripe for the attemptb :  fully prepared :  ready the colonies were ripe for revolution

  5. 5a :  brought by aging to full flavor or the best state :  mellow ripe cheeseb :  smelly, stinking

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

  7. 7 :  indecent ripe language

ripely

adverb

ripeness

noun

Examples of ripe in a Sentence

  1. The apples are nearly ripe.

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

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Origin and Etymology of ripe

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



RIPE Defined for English Language Learners

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adjective

Definition of ripe for English Language Learners

  • 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 Defined for Kids

ripe

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adjective \ˈrīp\

Definition of ripe for Students

riper

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ripest

  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.

ripeness

noun

Law Dictionary

ripe

adjective

Legal Definition of ripe

  1. 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. 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

ripeness

noun


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