ripe Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"ripe" in British English

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ripeadjective

uk   us   /raɪp/

ripe adjective (FRUIT/CROPS)

B2 (of ​fruit or ​crops) ​completelydeveloped 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 ​strongflavour: This ​briesmells 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 ​describelanguage that is ​rude: a ripe ​joke
ripeness
noun [U] uk   us   /ˈraɪp.nəs/
Cooking ​time will ​varyaccording to the ripeness of the ​pears.
(Definition of ripe from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"ripe" in American English

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ripeadjective

 us   /rɑɪp/
whollydeveloped, esp. of ​fruitready to be ​collected or ​eaten: The ​tomatoes aren’t ripe. fig. A ripe ​oldage is a very ​oldage: My ​grandmotherlived to the ripe ​oldage of 95.
ripen
verb [I/T]  us   /ˈrɑɪ·pən/
[I] Mangoes need to ripen at ​roomtemperature until the ​fruityields to the ​touch.
(Definition of ripe from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “ripe”
in Korean 잘 익은…
in Arabic ناضِج…
in Malaysian masak ranum…
in French mûr…
in Russian спелый…
in Chinese (Traditional) 果實/莊稼, (果實或莊稼)成熟的…
in Italian maturo…
in Turkish olmuş, olgun, hazır…
in Polish dojrzały…
in Spanish maduro…
in Vietnamese chín…
in Portuguese maduro, maturado…
in Thai สุก…
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…
in Indonesian matang…
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