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
Related Words for readyaccessible, qualified, apt, ripe, handy, keen, enthusiastic, eager, prone, glad, happy, quick, active, smart, fit, provide, fix, gird, equip, brace
Examples from the Web for ready
Contemporary Examples of ready
Yves Albarello, MP of Seine-et-Marne, said the gunmen told police they were ready to “die as martyrs.”France Kills Charlie Hebdo Murderers
January 9, 2015
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
If he did, it could be a sign that our politicians are ready to resume genuine policy-making across party lines.Christie Blames Parents for Bad Economy
January 3, 2015
Launched late last week, Ready for Romney appears to be, at best, political amateur hour.‘Ready for Romney’ Is Amateur Hour
December 23, 2014
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
December 23, 2014
Historical Examples of ready
He took me right into his office, and I told him what you said, and he'll be ready for you at two o'clock.
At length the servant returned, saying his master was now ready to see them.
But in good time the Lybian pipe warns us that the feast is ready.
Besides, he had four quarts left, for which he expected to find a ready sale.Brave and Bold
Miss Briggs, the maid, sir—but she's just ready to go out, sir.
adjective readier or readiest
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