riper; ripest

When a fruit is ripe, it is time to pick it and eat it. If you say the time is ripe, then now is the time for action. Ripe means ready.

Ripe can also describe something that is not only ready to happen but well-suited for whatever is happening. A company can expect profits if the market is ripe for its product. When a ballpark has a short field, batters will say that the field is ripe for home runs. When things are ripe, it's a good thing — the time for action is now.

Definitions of ripe
  1. adjective
    fully developed or matured and ready to be eaten or used
    ripe peaches”
    synonyms: mature
    aged, ripened
    of wines, fruit, cheeses; having reached a desired or final condition; (`aged' pronounced as one syllable)
    mellow, mellowed
    having a full and pleasing flavor through proper aging
    too ripe and beginning to turn soft
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    green, immature, unripe, unripened
    not fully developed or mature; not ripe
    not subjected to an aging process
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  2. adjective
    far along in time
    “a ripe old age”
    “the ripe age of 90”
    synonyms: advanced
    being or occurring at an advanced period of time or after a usual or expected time
  3. adjective
    most suitable or right for a particular purpose
    “the time is ripe for great sociological changes”
    synonyms: good, right
    suitable or at a time that is suitable or advantageous especially for a particular purpose
  4. adjective
    fully prepared or eager
    “the colonists were ripe for revolution”
    completely prepared or in condition for immediate action or use or progress
  5. adjective
    at the highest point of development especially in judgment or knowledge
    “a ripe mind”
    characteristic of maturity
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