make-ready

[ meyk-red-ee ]
/ ˈmeɪkˌrɛd i /

noun

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.

Origin of make-ready

First recorded in 1820–30; noun use of verb phrase make ready

Definition for make ready (2 of 2)

Origin of ready

1150–1200; Middle English redy, early Middle English rædig, equivalent to Old English rǣde prompt + -ig -y1
Related formso·ver·read·y, adjectivepre·read·y, adjective

Usage note

See already.
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British Dictionary definitions for make ready (1 of 2)

make-ready

noun

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)

ready

/ (ˈrɛdɪ) /

adjective readier or readiest


noun

the ready informal short for ready money
at the ready
  1. poised for use or actionwith pen at the ready
  2. (of a rifle) in the position normally adopted immediately prior to aiming and firing

verb

(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)

make ready

see get ready.


Idioms and Phrases with make ready (2 of 2)

ready

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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