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ripe adj
1 fully developed or matured and ready to be eaten or used; "ripe peaches"; "full-bodies mature wines" [syn: mature] [ant: green]
2 fully prepared or eager; "the colonists were ripe for revolution" [syn: ripe(p)]
3 most suitable or right for a particular purpose; "a good time to plant tomatoes"; "the right time to act"; "the time is ripe for great sociological changes" [syn: good, right]
4 at the highest point of development especially in judgment or knowledge; "a ripe mind"
5 far along in time; "a man of advanced age"; "advanced in years"; "a ripe old age"; "the ripe age of 90" [syn: advanced]

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  1. Ready for reaping or gathering; having attained perfection; mature; -- said of fruits, seeds, etc.; as, ripe grain.
  2. Advanced to the state of fitness for use; mellow; as, ripe cheese; ripe wine.
  3. Having attained its full development; mature; perfected; consummate.
  4. Maturated or suppurated; ready to discharge; -- said of sores, tumors, etc.
  5. Ready for action or effect; prepared.
  6. Like ripened fruit in ruddiness and plumpness.
  7. Intoxicated.
    • 1611, William Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act V, Scene 1,
      Alonso: And Trinculo is reeling-ripe: where should they / Find this grand liquor that hath gilded them? / How cam'st thou in this pickle?
  8. Of a conflict between parties, having developed to a stage where the conflict may be reviewed by a court of law.
  9. smelly: having a disagreeable odor.

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ready for reaping or gathering, of fruits and seeds


  1. A fruit or vegetable which has ripened.
    When he realized that the ripes would not make it back to Selma, Zemurray offered a free bunch of bananas to any telegraph operator who notified local grocers that he was coming through with a shipment of bananas.

Derived terms


  1. To ripen or mature
    ALONSO: Slubber not business for my sake, Bassanio, / But stay the very riping of the time;



  1. Form of First-person singular present subjunctive, riper
  2. Form of Third-person singular present subjunctive, riper
  3. Form of Second-person singular imperative, riper



  1. Plural of ripa

Extensive Definition

Ripe may refer to:
Persons with the name Ripe:
ripe in German: Ripe
ripe in Italian: Ripe
ripe in Dutch: Ripe

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