Meaning of RIPE in English

RIPE

/ raɪp; NAmE / adjective ( riper , rip·est )

1.

( of fruit or crops ) fully grown and ready to be eaten

OPP unripe

2.

( of cheese or wine ) having a flavour that has fully developed

SYN mature

3.

( of a smell ) strong and unpleasant

4.

ripe (for sth) ready or suitable for sth to happen :

This land is ripe for development.

The conditions were ripe for social change.

Reforms were promised when the time was ripe .

►  ripe·ness noun [ U ]

IDIOMS

- a / the ripe old age (of ... )

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WORD ORIGIN

Old English rīpe , of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch rijp and German reif .

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.