\ ˈrīp \
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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Trading at a punchy 22 times expected earnings, according to Thomson Reuters, the Sensex looks ripe for a pullback. Andrew Peaple, WSJ, "Indian Markets Look Headed for Further Extremes," 17 Aug. 2018 But states are always looking for new revenue sources, and this one has looked ripe for some time. Phil Rosenthal,, "If the U.S. Supreme Court lets states legalize sports betting, media might make a wager," 11 May 2018 And keep in mind that alternative app stores are particularly ripe for malware, because just about anything can be distributed there, similar to a flea market. Brian X. Chen, New York Times, "Unknown Tech Brands Aren’t Like Groceries. Don’t Just Grab Them.," 4 Apr. 2018 Honda put out of its misery at the ripe old age of five in 2014. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "The 2019 Honda Insight is a strangely normal hybrid," 24 Aug. 2018 At the ripe ages of 20 and 19, the couple got engaged, but in 2015, the two decided to break it off. Sam Tornow, Billboard, "Young Love: 10 Celebrity Couples Who Got Engaged at Age 25 or Younger," 9 July 2018 But, say Sapienza University’s Elisabetta Barbi and University of Roma Tre’s Francesco Lagona, after reaching the ripe old age of 105, the odds of dying within the following year essentially drop down to 50%. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "Is There a Limit to How Long Humans Can Live? A New Study Suggests There Isn't," 2 July 2018 However, now at the ripe age of 31, the pace of the Italian top flight has been getting away from him for a while now, and following a successful stint at the club during the second half of last season, Nagatomo will stay at Galatasaray., "Inter Confirm the Departure of Long Serving Full Back Yuto Nagatomo to Galatasaray," 30 June 2018 Big, deep waters can provide refuge for walleyes and help them avoid angling pressure and live to a ripe age. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: The Wisconsin walleye record has stood since 1933. These five waters have the best potential to top it.," 25 May 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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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


\ ˈrīp \
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



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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