adjective, read·i·er, read·i·est.
verb (used with object), read·ied, read·y·ing.
- to bring to a state of readiness or completion; prepare.
- Printing. to ready a press for printing.
Origin of ready
SYNONYMS FOR ready
Related formso·ver·read·y, adjectivepre·read·y, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for at the ready
adjective readier or readiest
- poised for use or actionwith pen at the ready
- (of a rifle) in the position normally adopted immediately prior to aiming and firing
Word Origin for ready
Idioms and Phrases with at the ready (1 of 2)
at the ready
Available for immediate use, as in Umbrellas at the ready, we were prepared to brave the storm. This idiom was originally a military term in which the ready denoted the position of a firearm prepared to be raised and aimed or fired. [First half of 1800s]
Idioms and Phrases with at the ready (2 of 2)
In addition to the idiom beginning with ready
, also see
- at the ready
- get ready
- good and (ready)
- rough and ready