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
6 : ruddy, plump, or full like ripened fruit a ripe figure
7 : indecent ripe language
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
Recent Examples of ripe from the Web
A little over a year ago, at the ripe old age of 26, Harrier landed a career-igniting role as Spider-Man’s Liz Allan.
What could be more ripe for proselytization than a preschool full of children likely getting Bible lessons with their finger paints?
Hospital employee Kenneth Cunningham was among the morning's first visitors, choosing a ripe watermelon for his family.
Any or all of these locations are ripe with fun activities (read: not cheesy), accessible, affordable and substantive, according to Travel & Leisure.
A paper cone and a piece of fruit Place a little vinegar and a chunk of very ripe fruit in a jar.
One place many see as ripe for change is teacher compensation.
Cannon acknowledged that there are some areas that might seem ripe for expansion: There's not an RTJ course in the Tuscaloosa area, or one right at Baldwin County's beaches.
The long, hot days produce luscious, ripe fruits, and the cold nights — with a temperature swing of as much as 50 degrees — give grapes their acidity, the ideal convergence.
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Origin and Etymology of ripe
Middle English, from Old English rīpe; akin to Old English rīpan, reopan to reap
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
RIPE Defined for English Language Learners
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
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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