[ meyk-red-ee ]
/ ˈmeɪkˌrɛd i /
Printing. the process of preparing a form for printing by overlays or underlays to equalize the impression.
the act or process of making something ready for use: a charge for make-ready on the new car.
Words nearby make-ready
Origin of make-ready
First recorded in 1820–30; noun use of verb phrase make ready
Definition for make ready (2 of 2)
[ red-ee ]
/ ˈrɛd i /
adjective, read·i·er, read·i·est.
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.
verb (used with object), read·ied, read·y·ing.
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!
Origin of ready
1150–1200; Middle English redy, early Middle English rædig, equivalent to Old English rǣde prompt + -ig -y1
SYNONYMS FOR ready
OTHER WORDS FROM readyo·ver·read·y, adjectivepre·read·y, adjective
usage note for ready
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British Dictionary definitions for make ready (1 of 2)
printing the process of preparing the forme and the cylinder or platen packing to achieve the correct impression all over the forme
British Dictionary definitions for make ready (2 of 2)
/ (ˈrɛdɪ) /
adjective readier or readiest
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 for ready
Old English (ge) rǣde; related to Old Frisian rēde, Old High German reiti, Old Norse reithr ready
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Idioms and Phrases with make ready (1 of 2)
see get ready.
Idioms and Phrases with make 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
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