Learner's definition of RIPE
[also more ripe; most ripe]
1 of fruits and vegetables : fully grown and developed and ready to be eaten — sometimes used figuratively 2 not used before a noun : ready or suitable for something — usually + for
The army was ripe for action.
a system that is ripe for abuse [=a system that is in such bad condition that it could easily be used wrongly]
The time was ripe for proposing his plan.
We'll make these changes when the time is ripe.
3 of food and especially cheese : brought to full flavor or the best state by being stored for a period of time 4 : having a strong and unpleasant smell
ripe old age
: a very old age — sometimes used humorously