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
Examples from the Web for readied
The missile that had been readied on the launch ramp in France made it through the defenses.Life Under Air Strikes: Children Under Fire Will Never Forget — or Forgive|Clive Irving|August 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Later, she readied herself to present the medals for the Russian figure skaters.
As many as 20,000 security personnel had been readied to guard the courthouse where the Brotherhood officials will stand trial.From President to Prisoner: Mohamed Morsi’s Trial Starts in Egypt|Vivian Salama|November 4, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Athens stood at 130,000, Beijing readied 100,000, and Vancouver another 100,000.
As Bush readied for war in Iraq, he wrote his dad a note that said, “I know what you went through.”
I shouted at the top of my voice; and with, one bound I readied the main hatch, and began to clear away the ship's cutter.New National Fourth Reader|Charles J. Barnes and J. Marshall Hawkes
Daoud readied himself, finding the water bucket again in the dark and picking it up.The Saracen: Land of the Infidel|Robert Shea
The soil was readied and the English wheat brought over for the purpose was planted.The First Seventeen Years: Virginia 1607-1624|Charles E. Hatch
Several seamen worked their way along it, and readied the rock in safety.Digby Heathcote|W.H.G. Kingston
We readied a spot from which, through the trees, the sentinel could be seen.Who Goes There?|Blackwood Ketcham Benson
British Dictionary definitions for readied
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 readied
In addition to the idiom beginning with ready
, also see
- at the ready
- get ready
- good and (ready)
- rough and ready