ripe

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Inflections of 'ripe' (adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."):
riper
adj comparative
ripest
adj superlative

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
ripe /raɪp/USA pronunciation   adj.,  rip•er, rip•est. 
  1. Botanycompletely matured, such as grain or fruit ready to be picked and eaten:ripe, juicy oranges.
  2. resembling fruit, as in fullness:her ripe red lips.
  3. being in the best condition for use, as beer.
  4. characterized by full development;
    mature:of ripe years.
  5. advanced:a ripe old age of 99.
  6. (of ideas, time, etc.) ready for action;
    fit for:[be + ~ + for]The time is ripe for a change.
ripe•ly, adv. 
ripe•ness, n. [uncountable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
ripe  (rīp),USA pronunciation  adj.,  rip•er, rip•est. 
  1. Botanyhaving arrived at such a stage of growth or development as to be ready for reaping, gathering, eating, or use, as grain or fruit;
    completely matured.
  2. resembling such fruit, as in ruddiness and fullness:ripe, red lips.
  3. advanced to the point of being in the best condition for use, as cheese or beer.
  4. Animal Husbandry, Zoology, Developmental Biologyfully grown or developed, as animals when ready to be killed and used for food.
  5. arrived at the highest or a high point of development or excellence;
    mature.
  6. of mature judgment or knowledge:ripe scholars; a ripe mind.
  7. Developmental Biologycharacterized by full development of body or mind:of ripe years.
  8. (of time) advanced:a ripe old age.
  9. (of ideas, plans, etc.) ready for action, execution, etc.
  10. (of people) fully prepared or ready to do or undergo something:He was ripe for a change in jobs.
  11. fully or sufficiently advanced;
    ready enough;
    auspicious:The time is ripe for a new foreign policy.
  12. ready for some operation or process:a ripe abscess.
  13. [Archaic.]drunk:reeling ripe.
ripely, adv. 
ripeness, n. 
  • bef. 900; Middle English; Old English rīpe; cognate with Dutch rijp, German reif; akin to Old English ripan to reap
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged grown, aged.
      Ripe, mature, mellow refer to that which is no longer in an incomplete stage of development.
      Ripe implies completed growth beyond which the processes of decay begin:a ripe banana.Mature means fully grown and developed as used of living organisms:a mature animal; a mature tree.Mellow denotes complete absence of sharpness or asperity, with sweetness and richness such as characterize ripeness or age:mellow fruit; mellow flavor.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
ripe /raɪp/ adj
  1. (of fruit, grain, etc) mature and ready to be eaten or used; fully developed
  2. mature enough to be eaten or used: ripe cheese
  3. fully developed in mind or body
  4. resembling ripe fruit, esp in redness or fullness: a ripe complexion
  5. (postpositive) followed by for: ready or eager (to undertake or undergo an action)
  6. (postpositive) followed by for: suitable; right or opportune: the time is not yet ripe
  7. mature in judgment or knowledge
  8. advanced but healthy (esp in the phrase a ripe old age)
  9. slang complete; thorough
  10. excessive; exorbitant
  11. slang slightly indecent; risqué
Etymology: Old English rīpe; related to Old Saxon rīpi, Old High German rīfi, German reif

ˈripely adv ˈripeness n
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