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ripe

adjective uk   /raɪp/ us  

ripe adjective (FRUIT/CROPS)

B2 (of fruit or crops) completely developed and ready to be collected or eaten: Those bananas aren't ripe yet - they're still green.
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ripe adjective (CHEESE)

Ripe cheese has developed a strong flavour: This brie smells good and ripe.

ripe adjective (SMELL)

A ripe smell is strong and unpleasant: There was a ripe smell from his socks.

ripe adjective (LANGUAGE)

old-fashioned humorous used to describe language that is rude: a ripe joke
ripeness
noun [U] uk   /ˈraɪp.nəs/ us  
Translations of “ripe”
in Korean 잘 익은…
in Arabic ناضِج…
in French mûr…
in Turkish olmuş, olgun, hazır…
in Italian maturo…
in Chinese (Traditional) 果實/莊稼, (果實或莊稼)成熟的…
in Russian спелый…
in Polish dojrzały…
in Spanish maduro…
in Portuguese maduro, maturado…
in German reif…
in Catalan madur, madurat…
in Japanese (果物などが)熟れた, 完熟した…
in Chinese (Simplified) 果实/庄稼, (果实或庄稼)成熟的…
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