ripe

ripe
ripe [raıp] adj comparative riper superlative ripest
[: Old English;]
1.) ripe fruit or crops are fully grown and ready to eat
≠ ↑unripe
Those tomatoes aren't ripe yet.
2.) be ripe for sth
to be ready for a change to happen, especially when it should have happened sooner
The police forces are ripe for reform.
The former dock area is ripe for development.
3.) the time is ripe (for sth)
used to say it is a very suitable time for something to happen, especially when it should have happened sooner
The time is ripe for a review of progress up to now.
4.) ripe old age
a) if you live to a ripe old age, you are very old when you die
Eat less and exercise more if you want to live to a ripe old age .
b) used to show that you find it surprising or impressive that someone is doing something or has achieved something at a very young age - used humorously
She was put in charge at the ripe old age of twenty-nine.
5.) ripe cheese has developed a strong taste and is ready to eat
= ↑mature
6.) especially BrE a ripe smell is strong and unpleasant - used humorously
We were pretty ripe after a week of walking.
>ripeness n [U]

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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