(noun, adjective, verb)


1. fully developed or matured and ready to be eaten or used

- ripe peaches

Similar word(s): aged, ripened, mellow, mellowed, overripe, mature

2. fully prepared or eager

- the colonists were ripe for revolution

Similar word(s): ready

3. most suitable or right for a particular purpose

- the time is ripe for great sociological changes

Similar word(s): opportune, good, right

4. at the highest point of development especially in judgment or knowledge

- a ripe mind

Similar word(s): mature

5. far along in time

- a ripe old age

- the ripe age of 90

Similar word(s): late, advanced


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

2. The bank of a river.


1. To ripen or mature