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make-ready

[meyk-red-ee] /ˈmeɪkˌrɛd i/
noun
1.
Printing. the process of preparing a form for printing by overlays or underlays to equalize the impression.
2.
the act or process of making something ready for use:
a charge for make-ready on the new car.
Origin of make-ready
1820-1830
First recorded in 1820-30; noun use of verb phrase make ready

ready

[red-ee] /ˈrɛd i/
adjective, readier, readiest.
1.
completely prepared or in fit condition for immediate action or use:
troops ready for battle; Dinner is ready.
2.
duly equipped, completed, adjusted, or arranged, as for an occasion or purpose:
The mechanic called to say that the car is ready.
3.
willing:
ready to forgive.
4.
prompt or quick in perceiving, comprehending, speaking, writing, etc.
5.
proceeding from or showing such quickness:
a ready reply.
6.
prompt or quick in action, performance, manifestation, etc.:
a keen mind and ready wit.
7.
inclined; disposed; apt:
too ready to criticize others.
8.
in such a condition as to be imminent; likely at any moment:
a tree ready to fall.
9.
immediately available for use:
a ready source of cash.
10.
pertaining to prompt payment.
11.
present or convenient:
to lie ready to one's hand.
verb (used with object), readied, readying.
12.
to make ready; prepare.
noun
13.
the state or condition of being ready.
14.
Informal. ready money; cash.
interjection
15.
(used in calling the start of a race to indicate that racers should be prepared to start):
Ready! Set! Go!
Idioms
16.
at the ready, in a condition of readiness, available for immediate use:
shoppers with their umbrellas at the ready; soldiers keeping their weapons at the ready.
17.
get ready!, (in calling the start of a race) be prepared to start:
Get ready! Get set! Go!
18.
make ready,
  1. to bring to a state of readiness or completion; prepare.
  2. Printing. to ready a press for printing.
19.
ready up, British and Australian Slang. to swindle.
Origin
1150-1200; Middle English redy, early Middle English rædig, equivalent to Old English rǣde prompt + -ig -y1
Related forms
overready, adjective
preready, adjective
Synonyms
1. fit, set. 3. agreeable, glad, happy. 4. alert, acute, sharp, keen, adroit, facile, clever, skillful, nimble, adaptable.
Antonyms
1. unfit. 3. unwilling.
Usage note
See already.
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Examples from the Web for make ready
Historical Examples
  • This he jerked up and down to make ready for his task of thrashing "the pigmy."

    Welsh Fairy Tales William Elliott Griffis
  • She laid it carefully upon her bed, and began to make ready to put it on.

    Alice Adams Booth Tarkington
  • She there and then engaged them, and bade them make ready to set out at once.

    The Shame of Motley Raphael Sabatini
  • I am just now running to warn Deschamps to make ready the dungeon cell.

    Billy Topsail & Company

    Norman Duncan
  • It sounds well enow, but who is to make ready this feasting?

    Standish of Standish

    Jane G. Austin
  • But now, however, let us obey dark night, and make ready suppers.

  • Therefore the boys had to make ready for the bath in their tents.

    The Delta of the Triple Elevens William Elmer Bachman
  • "You will make ready for a strenuous afternoon," he said to them sharply.

    The Autobiography of Methuselah

    John Kendrick Bangs
  • We wish you four girls to be our guests as soon as you can make ready to come to us.

    Madge Morton's Secret

    Amy D. V. Chalmers
  • Only as long as my mother needs to make ready for the journey.

    Allison Bain Margaret Murray Robertson
British Dictionary definitions for make ready

make-ready

noun
1.
(printing) the process of preparing the forme and the cylinder or platen packing to achieve the correct impression all over the forme

ready

/ˈrɛdɪ/
adjective readier, readiest
1.
in a state of completion or preparedness, as for use or action
2.
willing or eager: ready helpers
3.
prompt or rapid: a ready response
4.
(prenominal) quick in perceiving; intelligent: a ready mind
5.
(postpositive) foll by to. on the point (of) or liable (to): ready to collapse
6.
(postpositive) conveniently near (esp in the phrase ready to hand)
7.
make ready, get ready, to prepare oneself or something for use or action
noun
8.
(informal) the ready, short for ready money
9.
at the ready
  1. poised for use or action: with pen at the ready
  2. (of a rifle) in the position normally adopted immediately prior to aiming and firing
verb
10.
(transitive) to put in a state of readiness; prepare
Word Origin
Old English (ge)rǣde; related to Old Frisian rēde, Old High German reiti, Old Norse reithr ready
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Word Origin and History for make ready

ready

v.

early 13c., "to administer;" c.1300, "to take aim;" mid-14c., "to prepare, make ready," from ready (adj.). Related: Readied; readying.

ready

adj.

Old English ræde, geræde "prepared, ready," of a horse, "ready for riding," from Proto-Germanic *garaidijaz "arranged" (cf. Old Frisian rede "ready," Middle Dutch gereit, Old High German reiti, Middle High German bereite, German bereit, Old Norse greiðr "ready, plain," Gothic garaiþs "ordered, arranged"), from PIE root *reidh- "to ride" (see ride (v.)). Lengthened in Middle English by change of ending. Ready-made first attested early 15c.; ready-to-wear is from 1890.

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Idioms and Phrases with make ready

make ready

see: get ready

ready

In addition to the idiom beginning with
ready
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