Meaning of “ripe” in the English Dictionary

"ripe" in British English

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ripeadjective

uk /raɪp/ us /raɪp/

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.

More examples

  • The pods split open when the beans are ripe.
  • The oil is made by crushing and pressing ripe olives.
  • Ripe figs spoil easily and cannot be shipped long distances.
  • The fruit turns red when it is ripe.
  • The fruit is picked before it turns ripe.
ripeness
noun [ U ] uk /ˈraɪp.nəs/ us /ˈraɪp.nəs/

Cooking time will vary according 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/

wholly developed, esp. of fruit ready to be collected or eaten:

The tomatoes aren’t ripe.

fig. A ripe old age is a very old age:

My grandmother lived to the ripe old age of 95.
ripen
verb [ I/T ] us /ˈrɑɪ·pən/

[ I ] Mangoes need to ripen at room temperature until the fruit yields to the touch.

(Definition of “ripe” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)