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English

Pronunciation

Adjective

ripe (comparative riper, superlative ripest)

Positive
ripe

Comparative
riper

Superlative
ripest

  1. Ready for reaping or gathering; having attained perfection; mature; -- said of fruits, seeds, etc.; as, ripe grain.
  2. Advanced to the state of fitness for use; mellow; as, ripe cheese; ripe wine.
  3. (figuratively) Having attained its full development; mature; perfected; consummate.
  4. (archaic) Maturated or suppurated; ready to discharge; -- said of sores, tumors, etc.
  5. Ready for action or effect; prepared.
    • 1910, Theodore C. Williams, The Aeneid, translation of Aeneis by Virgil, Book IV Chapter 28,  
      nor was the doom / of guilty deed, but of a hapless wight / to sudden madness stung, ere ripe to die, / therefore the Queen of Hades had not shorn / the fair tress from her forehead, nor assigned / that soul to Stygian dark.
  6. Like ripened fruit in ruddiness and plumpness.
    • 1981, Daniel Curzon, Human Warmth & Other Stories[1], ISBN 0912516542, page 18,  
      He looked back once at the waving hands, the mother's glowing, ripe cheeks.
  7. (obsolete) Intoxicated.
    • 1611, William Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act V, Scene 1,
      Alonso: And Trinculo is reeling-ripe: where should they / Find this grand liquor that hath gilded them? / How cam'st thou in this pickle?
  8. (law) Of a conflict between parties, having developed to a stage where the conflict may be reviewed by a court of law.
    • 2004, Kenneth F. Warren, Administrative Law in the Political System[2], ISBN 0813341167, page 427,  
      Problems emerge in judging whether a case is ripe, however, when contested general agency directives are issued that are not aimed at specific parties.
  9. smelly: having a disagreeable odor.
    • 2004, Colum McCann, Fishing the Sloe-Black River[3], ISBN 0312423381, page 141,  
      Dolores, giving her a bath yesterday, said she was a bit ripe under the armpits.

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Noun

Singular
ripe

Plural
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  1. (agriculture) A fruit or vegetable which has ripened.

  1. When he realized that the ripes would not make it back to Selma, Zemurray offered a free bunch of bananas to any telegraph operator who notified local grocers that he was coming through with a shipment of bananas.

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Verb

Infinitive
to ripe

Third person singular
rip

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ing

to ripe (third-person singular simple present rip, present participle ing, simple past and past participle -)
  1. To ripen or mature
    ALONSO: [] Slubber not business for my sake, Bassanio, / But stay the very riping of the time; []

French

Verb

ripe

  1. First-person singular present indicative of riper.
  2. Third-person singular present indicative of riper.
  3. First-person singular present subjunctive of riper.
  4. Third-person singular present subjunctive of riper.
  5. Second-person singular imperative of riper.

Italian

Noun

ripe f.

  1. Plural form of ripa.

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