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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ripe a. [Compar. Riper superl. Ripest.]
 1. Ready for reaping or gathering; having attained perfection; mature; -- said of fruits, seeds, etc.; as, ripe grain.
 So mayst thou live, till, like ripe fruit, thou drop
 Into thy mother's lap.   --Milton.
 2. Advanced to the state of fitness for use; mellow; as, ripe cheese; ripe wine.
 3. Having attained its full development; mature; perfected; consummate. Ripe courage.”
    He was a scholar, and a ripe and good one.   --Shak.
 4. Maturated or suppurated; ready to discharge; -- said of sores, tumors, etc.
 5. Ready for action or effect; prepared.
    While things were just ripe for a war.   --Addison.
    I am not ripe to pass sentence on the gravest public bodies.   --Burke.
 6. Like ripened fruit in ruddiness and plumpness.
 Those happy smilets,
 That played on her ripe lip.   --Shak.
 7. Intoxicated. [Obs.] “Reeling ripe.”
 Syn: -- Mature; complete; finished. See Mature.