- 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
SynonymsSee more synonyms for ready on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for readying
Two years later, Death Metal Angola is readying for its premiere, and the railway film remains unfinished.Death Metal Angola: Heavy Metal in War-Torn Africa
November 21, 2014
On my way back into town, I walked by the fortress of tents surrounding the harbor, readying for the yacht show.No Movie Stars, No Red Carpet, But Off-Season Cannes Is Still Magic
September 15, 2014
But the ACE appears to be readying itself for a PR battle rather than a constitutional one.Colleges Lawyer Up Before Claire McCaskill Rape Inquiry
June 6, 2014
Also, four percent believe that "lizard people" are readying for an uprising.A .GIF Guide to Americans' Craziest Conspiracy Theories
Kevin Fallon, Abby Haglage
April 4, 2013
Just as Interpol was readying an investigation into the theft, the family moved back to Britain.Madeleine McCann Case: Police Hunt for Troupe of British Cleaners
Barbie Latza Nadeau
March 21, 2013
There's a lot to do, readying the evacuation, and you're a big help.The Chapter Ends
Poul William Anderson
They were readying for something big, but they didn't know what as yet.Beyond The Thunder
H. B. Hickey
They passed the maintenance hangar where Kit Barnard was readying his ship for blast-off in the next half hour.Treachery in Outer Space
Carey Rockwell and Louis Glanzman
He drew back, readying himself for the spring that would overwhelm this brash youth who had dared dispute him.The Spell of the White Sturgeon
James Arthur Kjelgaard
- 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 and History for readying
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 readying
In addition to the idiom beginning with ready
, also see
- at the ready
- get ready
- good and (ready)
- rough and ready