July 4, 2014 - Word of the Day: ripe
The word "ripe" is an adjective that describes the quality of fruit when it is ready to be picked and eaten:
- These cherries look like they're ripe.
- You can tell fruit is ripe by the way it looks and by the way it tastes.
- The plums aren't going to be ripe until August.
When you use the word "ripe" as a verb, add an "n" to make the word "ripen."
- Cherries ripen very quickly in early summer.
- Apples ripen in late summer and early fall.
- Strawberries ripened in June.
- Bananas turn from green to yellow as they ripen.
Sometimes the word "ripe" is used for predictable situations or favorable conditions:
- Several countries in the middle east are ripe for a political change.
- That company is ripe for a takeover.
- Conditions in some parts of Africa are ripe for an outbreak of disease.
- The stock market is ripe for a correction.
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