- 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 readiesfit, provide, fix, gird, equip, brace, arrange, organize, get, strengthen, make, brief, set, fortify, post, order, prep
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
- informal a variant of ready (def. 8)
Word Origin for readies
- 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
Word Origin and History for readies
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.
Idioms and Phrases with readies
In addition to the idiom beginning with ready
, also see
- at the ready
- get ready
- good and (ready)
- rough and ready