- 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.
- 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!
- at the ready, in a condition of readiness, available for immediate use: shoppers with their umbrellas at the ready; soldiers keeping their weapons at the ready.
- get ready! (in calling the start of a race) be prepared to start: Get ready! Get set! Go!
- make ready,
- to bring to a state of readiness or completion; prepare.
- Printing.to ready a press for printing.
- ready up, British and Australian Slang. to swindle.
Origin of ready
Synonyms for readySee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Antonyms for ready
Related Words for readiedfit, provide, fix, gird, equip, brace, arrange, organize, get, strengthen, make, brief, set, fortify, post, order, prep
Examples from the Web for readied
Contemporary Examples of 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
August 3, 2014
Later, she readied herself to present the medals for the Russian figure skaters.Putin’s Sochi Popularity Boost
February 18, 2014
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
November 4, 2013
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.”A Democrat's Guide to Bush's Book
November 10, 2010
Historical Examples of readied
For Judge Priest had readied the point where he couldn't hold in any longer.Back Home
Irvin S. Cobb
He readied two torpedoes and raised a rocket into position for launching.Way of a Rebel
Walter M. Miller
And Kate o' the Corp-licht, she readied it and asked nae quastions.The Men of the Moss-Hags
S. R. Crockett
We readied a spot from which, through the trees, the sentinel could be seen.
As we readied the top of the hill again, we could see that the bridge was clear.
- 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
early 13c., "to administer;" c.1300, "to take aim;" mid-14c., "to prepare, make ready," from ready (adj.). Related: Readied; readying.
Old English ræde, geræde "prepared, ready," of a horse, "ready for riding," from Proto-Germanic *garaidijaz "arranged" (cf. Old Frisian rede "ready," Middle Dutch gereit, Old High German reiti, Middle High German bereite, German bereit, Old Norse greiðr "ready, plain," Gothic garaiþs "ordered, arranged"), from PIE root *reidh- "to ride" (see ride (v.)). Lengthened in Middle English by change of ending. Ready-made first attested early 15c.; ready-to-wear is from 1890.
In addition to the idiom beginning with ready
, also see
- at the ready
- get ready
- good and (ready)
- rough and ready