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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But with all the new suiting available and the return of short styles you hadn't considered in years (like Bermudas!), the time is ripe for some experimentation. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "28 Summer Outfit Ideas Involving Shorts to Try ASAP," 21 June 2018 Look for flowers to emerge in midspring, and for huge amounts of ripe berries to show up in the early fall. Colin Mccrate, The Seattle Times, "Our native evergreen huckleberry brings dynamic color and oodles of fruit to your edible shade garden," 20 Feb. 2019 Scientists think this near constant exposure of the northern pole creates atmospheric conditions ripe for enormous polar storms like the one Hubble captured in November 2018. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "Hubble Observes Ice Giant Vortexes and Polar Storms on Neptune and Uranus," 9 Feb. 2019 The time may be ripe for a reexamination of the balance between the responsibility of employers and the public. Mark Schmitt, Vox, "Why did Bernie Sanders’s Stop BEZOS legislation draw so much resistance?," 18 Sep. 2018 But such skeptics may be ripe for conversion – now that the keen artistic awareness that insiders have long recognized in Lang Lang may well emerge with more regularity, if only because his younger self is still on the sidelines. David Patrick Stearns, Philly.com, "Lang Lang's recovery: Will he ever play in Philly again?," 12 July 2018 Failing that, with a split decision and a vigorous dissent, the case may be ripe for being reviewed by the state Supreme Court, said Valerie McGinty. Greg Moran, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Appeals court ruling could affect DA-driven consumer lawsuits," 6 July 2018 All of that can accelerate the feelings of isolation and self-doubt that are already so ripe during those years. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "Michelle Obama on Facing Criticism, Life After the White House, and Advice for Meghan Markle," 3 Dec. 2018 With so much money at stake, the eel business was ripe for robberies, and dealers started carrying side arms for protection. National Geographic, "19 Eel Smugglers Sentenced, But Lucrative Trade Persists," 27 June 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

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ripeness noun

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