Definition of ripe adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//raɪp//
    ; NAmE NAmE//raɪp//
    (riper, ripest) Taste of food
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  1. 1(of fruit or crops) fully grown and ready to be eaten Pick the tomatoes before they get too ripe. opposite unripe
  2. 2(of cheese or wine) having a flavour that has fully developed synonym mature See related entries: Taste of food
  3. 3(of a smell) strong and unpleasant
  4. 4ripe (for something) ready or suitable for something to happen This land is ripe for development. The conditions were ripe for social change. Reforms were promised when the time was ripe.
  5. Word OriginOld English rīpe, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch rijp and German reif.Extra examples Some of the apples were not quite ripe. The army has withdrawn, leaving the country ripe for the picking. The crops were just about ripe. a really ripe strawberryIdioms
    a/the ripe old age (of…)
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    an age that is considered to be very old He lived to the ripe old age of 91.
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