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
Here are some things to look for to determine when the watermelon is ripe.
Another reason the time is ripe, Williams says, is that the economy is close to full employment, so the Fed can afford to make big policy changes.
Summertime is ripe with opportunities to explore, and some of the best adventures can be had at quirky flea markets, out-of-the-way estate auctions, and weekend garage sales.
The mutations produce proteins recognized by the immune system as foreign and ripe for attack, and the drug boosts the system's response.
First deployed in combat during the first Iraq war in 1991, those jets are all converted 707 airliners — now with an average age of 48 years and ripe for replacement with something more efficient.
Stone fruits such as nectarines, cherries and peaches marry beautifully with bourbon; lime, ripe melons and mezcal can make for glorious margaritas; strawberries and Campari match up in color and complement each other’s flavors perfectly.
China also has conditions ripe for sharing, including a huge population, dense cities and a sizable group of people who cannot afford to buy.
To find Season 1 stories, Morgan and his team of researchers cherry-picked the historical record for dramatically ripe material.
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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 century
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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