adjective, readier, readiest.
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.
verb (used with object), readied, readying.
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.

1150–1200; Middle English redy, early Middle English rædig, equivalent to Old English rǣde prompt + -ig -y1

overready, adjective
preready, adjective

1. fit, set. 3. agreeable, glad, happy. 4. alert, acute, sharp, keen, adroit, facile, clever, skillful, nimble, adaptable.

1. unfit. 3. unwilling.

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World English Dictionary
ready (ˈrɛdɪ)
adj (foll by to) , readier, readiest
1.  in a state of completion or preparedness, as for use or action
2.  willing or eager: ready helpers
3.  prompt or rapid: a ready response
4.  (prenominal) quick in perceiving; intelligent: a ready mind
5.  on the point (of) or liable (to): ready to collapse
6.  (postpositive) conveniently near (esp in the phrase ready to hand)
7.  make ready, get ready to prepare oneself or something for use or action
8.  informal the ready short for ready money
9.  at the ready
 a.  poised for use or action: with pen at the ready
 b.  (of a rifle) in the position normally adopted immediately prior to aiming and firing
10.  (tr) to put in a state of readiness; prepare
[Old English (ge)rǣde; related to Old Frisian rēde, Old High German reiti, Old Norse reithr ready]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. ræde, geræde, from P.Gmc. *garaidijaz "arranged" (cf. O.Fris. rede, M.Du. gereit, O.H.G. reiti, M.H.G. bereite, Ger. bereit, O.N. greiðr "ready, plain," Goth. garaiþs "ordered, arranged"). Lengthened in M.E. by change of ending. The verb is recorded from early 14c. Readily
is from early 14c. Ready-made first attested mid-15c.; ready-to-wear is from 1895.
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Idioms & Phrases


In addition to the idiom beginning with ready, also see at the ready; get ready; good and (ready); rough and ready.

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Example sentences
Being ready and prepared will have big effects to the interview.
Travel-ready bags to keep your gear organized and right at hand.
Yet another bipartisan panel gets ready to tackle the deficit.
Browse the adventure and exploration photos in our archive-each one ready to be
  downloaded as wallpaper.
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