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
Antonyms for ready
Examples from the Web for readies
Contemporary Examples of readies
But you must put all fun and games aside by Friday as Mercury, squaring Jupiter, readies to enter your sign.What the Stars Hold for Your Week, June 26-July 2, 2011
Starsky + Cox
June 26, 2011
As Obama readies his health-care speech tonight, Sarah Palin is on the offensive again, railing against "death panels."Bring On the Death Panels!
September 8, 2009
Historical Examples of readies
Can a Tartar be said to cook, when he only readies his steak by riding on it?
He 'readies up the broads,' as he terms it, by cutting all the high cards convex, and the low ones concave.Sharps and Flats
John Nevil Maskelyne
The fact that he was not so billed made him realise what a small part of any secret ever readies the general ear.The Mayor of Warwick
Herbert M. Hopkins
But meanwhile he gains no real strength, he readies no new height of contemplation.
A gale of wind, accompanied with heavy rain, often readies its climax just about the dawn.Hodge and His Masters
pl n the readies
Word Origin for readies
adjective readier or readiest
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