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 readyingfit, provide, fix, gird, equip, brace, arrange, organize, get, strengthen, make, brief, set, fortify, post, order, prep
Examples from the Web for readying
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of readying
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
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