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
Related formso·ver·read·y, adjectivepre·read·y, adjective
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|Nina Strochlic|November 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Liza Foreman|September 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Emily Shire|June 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
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
They were readying for something big, but they didn't know what as yet.Beyond The Thunder|H. B. Hickey
There's a lot to do, readying the evacuation, and you're a big help.The Chapter Ends|Poul William Anderson
British Dictionary definitions for readying
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
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