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

First recorded in 1820–30; noun use of verb phrase make ready Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for make-ready

Historical Examples of make-ready

  • A bunch of six or eight sheets is therefore run through to get an impression for "make-ready" purposes.

British Dictionary definitions for make-ready


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