- completely prepared or in fit condition for immediate action or use: troops ready for battle; Dinner is ready.
- duly equipped, completed, adjusted, or arranged, as for an occasion or purpose: The mechanic called to say that the car is ready.
- willing: ready to forgive.
- prompt or quick in perceiving, comprehending, speaking, writing, etc.
- proceeding from or showing such quickness: a ready reply.
- prompt or quick in action, performance, manifestation, etc.: a keen mind and ready wit.
- inclined; disposed; apt: too ready to criticize others.
- in such a condition as to be imminent; likely at any moment: a tree ready to fall.
- immediately available for use: a ready source of cash.
- pertaining to prompt payment.
- present or convenient: to lie ready to one's hand.
- to make ready; prepare.
- the state or condition of being ready.
- Informal. ready money; cash.
- (used in calling the start of a race to indicate that racers should be prepared to start): Ready! Set! Go!
- 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.
- get ready! (in calling the start of a race) be prepared to start: Get ready! Get set! Go!
- make ready,
- to bring to a state of readiness or completion; prepare.
- Printing.to ready a press for printing.
- ready up, British and Australian Slang. to swindle.
Origin of ready
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Examples from the Web for ready
Yves Albarello, MP of Seine-et-Marne, said the gunmen told police they were ready to “die as martyrs.”France Kills Charlie Hebdo Murderers
January 9, 2015
The U.S. military just unveiled a new effort to get Iraqis ready to battle ISIS.Pentagon Insider on New Plan to Fight ISIS: ‘Of Course It’s Not Enough’
Nancy A. Youssef
January 6, 2015
If he did, it could be a sign that our politicians are ready to resume genuine policy-making across party lines.Christie Blames Parents for Bad Economy
January 3, 2015
Launched late last week, Ready for Romney appears to be, at best, political amateur hour.‘Ready for Romney’ Is Amateur Hour
December 23, 2014
The question is, do we need, or are we ready for, super high-end designer drawers for dudes?Would You Pay $100 For a 50 Cent Bulge? Men’s Undies Get Expensive
December 23, 2014
He took me right into his office, and I told him what you said, and he'll be ready for you at two o'clock.
At length the servant returned, saying his master was now ready to see them.
But in good time the Lybian pipe warns us that the feast is ready.
Besides, he had four quarts left, for which he expected to find a ready sale.Brave and Bold
Miss Briggs, the maid, sir—but she's just ready to go out, sir.
- in a state of completion or preparedness, as for use or action
- willing or eagerready helpers
- prompt or rapida ready response
- (prenominal) quick in perceiving; intelligenta ready mind
- (postpositive foll by to) on the point (of) or liable (to)ready to collapse
- (postpositive) conveniently near (esp in the phrase ready to hand)
- make ready or get ready to prepare oneself or something for use or action
- the ready informal short for ready money
- at the ready
- poised for use or actionwith pen at the ready
- (of a rifle) in the position normally adopted immediately prior to aiming and firing
- (tr) to put in a state of readiness; prepare
Word Origin and History for ready
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.
early 13c., "to administer;" c.1300, "to take aim;" mid-14c., "to prepare, make ready," from ready (adj.). Related: Readied; readying.