adjective, riper, ripest.
having 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.
resembling such fruit, as in ruddiness and fullness: ripe, red lips.
advanced to the point of being in the best condition for use, as cheese or beer.
fully grown or developed, as animals when ready to be killed and used for food.
arrived at the highest or a high point of development or excellence; mature.
of mature judgment or knowledge: ripe scholars; a ripe mind.
characterized by full development of body or mind: of ripe years.
(of time) advanced: a ripe old age.
(of ideas, plans, etc.) ready for action, execution, etc.
(of people) fully prepared or ready to do or undergo something: He was ripe for a change in jobs.
fully or sufficiently advanced; ready enough; auspicious: The time is ripe for a new foreign policy.
ready for some operation or process: a ripe abscess.
Archaic. drunk: reeling ripe.

before 900; Middle English; Old English rīpe; cognate with Dutch rijp, German reif; akin to Old English ripan to reap

ripely, adverb
ripeness, noun
half-ripe, adjective

rife, ripe (see synonym study at the current entry).

1. 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. Unabridged
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ripe (raɪp)
adj (foll by for) (foll by for)
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.  ready or eager (to undertake or undergo an action)
6.  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
 a.  complete; thorough
 b.  excessive; exorbitant
10.  slang slightly indecent; risqué
[Old English rīpe; related to Old Saxon rīpi, Old High German rīfi, German reif]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. ripe "ready for reaping, fit for eating," from W.Gmc. *ripijaz (cf. M.Du. ripe, Du. rijp, O.H.G. rifi, Ger. reif); related to O.E. repan "to reap" (see reap). The verb ripen "to grow ripe" is from 1561, replacing earlier verb ripe, from late O.E. ripian, from the adj.
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Computing Dictionary

RIPE definition

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Idioms & Phrases


In addition to the idiom beginning with ripe, also see time is ripe.

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Example sentences
It doesn't allow you to choose ripe, harvestable truffles, so you'll rake up immature and unripe ones.
Good for cooking until fully ripe, then good for fresh eating too.
Courts are only supposed to be adjudicating cases between litigants who have an
  actual, fully-ripe dispute between them.
Geoscientists have identified that section as ripe for a quake.
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