Definitions for: Ripe


[adj] far along in time; "a man of advanced age"; "advanced in years"; "a ripe old age"; "the ripe age of 90"
[adj] at the highest point of development especially in judgment or knowledge; "a ripe mind"
[adj] fully developed or matured and ready to be eaten or used; "ripe peaches"; "full-bodies mature wines"
[adj] 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"



Webster (1913) Definition: Ripe (r[imac]p), n. [L. ripa.]
The bank of a river. [Obs.]


Ripe (r[imac]p), a. [Compar. Riper (-[~e]r); superl.
Ripest.] [AS. r[=i]pe; akin to OS. r[=i]pi, D. rijp, G.
rief, OHG. r[=i]ft; cf. AS. r[=i]p harvest, r[=i]pan to reap.
Cf. Reap.]
1. Ready for reaping or gathering; having attained
perfection; mature; -- said of fruits, seeds, etc.; as,
ripe grain.

So mayst thou live, till, like ripe fruit, thou drop
Into thy mother's lap. --Milton.

2. Advanced to the state of fitness for use; mellow; as, ripe
cheese; ripe wine.

3. Having attained its full development; mature; perfected;
consummate. ``Ripe courage.'' --Chaucer.

He was a scholar, and a ripe and good one. --Shak.

4. Maturated or suppurated; ready to discharge; -- said of
sores, tumors, etc.

5. Ready for action or effect; prepared.

While things were just ripe for a war. --Addison.

I am not ripe to pass sentence on the gravest public
bodies. --Burke.

6. Like ripened fruit in ruddiness and plumpness.

Those happy smilets, That played on her ripe lip.
--Shak.

7. Intoxicated. [Obs.] ``Reeling ripe.'' --Shak.

Syn: Mature; complete; finished. See Mature.


Ripe, v. i. [AS. r[=i]pian.]
To ripen; to grow ripe. [Obs.]


Ripe, v. t.
To mature; to ripen. [Obs.] --Shak.

Synonyms: advanced, aged, good, late, mature, mellow, mellowed, opportune, overripe, right, ripened

Antonyms: green, immature, unripe, unripened

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