adjective, read·i·er, read·i·est.
verb (used with object), read·ied, read·y·ing.
- ready money,
- ready reckoner,
- ready room,
- ready, willing, and able,
- to bring to a state of readiness or completion; prepare.
- Printing. to ready a press for printing.
Origin of ready
Examples from the Web for ready
Yves Albarello, MP of Seine-et-Marne, said the gunmen told police they were ready to “die as martyrs.”
The U.S. military just unveiled a new effort to get Iraqis ready to battle ISIS.Pentagon Insider on New Plan to Fight ISIS: ‘Of Course It’s Not Enough’|Nancy A. Youssef|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
If he did, it could be a sign that our politicians are ready to resume genuine policy-making across party lines.
Launched late last week, Ready for Romney appears to be, at best, political amateur hour.
The question is, do we need, or are we ready for, super high-end designer drawers for dudes?Would You Pay $100 For a 50 Cent Bulge? Men’s Undies Get Expensive|James Joiner|December 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Dorinda warned me not to go far from the house because supper would be ready in a few minutes.The Rise of Roscoe Paine|Joseph C. Lincoln
It is great sport to get the crabs excited, and to see them, scuttling around, ready to attack their foes.Mpuke, Our Little African Cousin|Mary Hazelton Wade
We were ready in excellent time; all our preparations being complete a good half-hour before the breeze came.Under the Meteor Flag|Harry Collingwood
She was always waiting, even always expecting, ready to take her chance, with arm out-stretched to seize Occasion by the forelock.Sophy of Kravonia|Anthony Hope
You may not believe it, but when I was ready to go moonshinin', you just stood in front of me.Fighting Byng|A. Stone
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
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.
early 13c., "to administer;" c.1300, "to take aim;" mid-14c., "to prepare, make ready," from ready (adj.). Related: Readied; readying.
In addition to the idiom beginning with ready
, also see
- at the ready
- get ready
- good and (ready)
- rough and ready