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ready

[red-ee] /ˈrɛd i/
adjective, readier, readiest.
1.
completely prepared or in fit condition for immediate action or use:
troops ready for battle; Dinner is ready.
2.
duly equipped, completed, adjusted, or arranged, as for an occasion or purpose:
The mechanic called to say that the car is ready.
3.
willing:
ready to forgive.
4.
prompt or quick in perceiving, comprehending, speaking, writing, etc.
5.
proceeding from or showing such quickness:
a ready reply.
6.
prompt or quick in action, performance, manifestation, etc.:
a keen mind and ready wit.
7.
inclined; disposed; apt:
too ready to criticize others.
8.
in such a condition as to be imminent; likely at any moment:
a tree ready to fall.
9.
immediately available for use:
a ready source of cash.
10.
pertaining to prompt payment.
11.
present or convenient:
to lie ready to one's hand.
verb (used with object), readied, readying.
12.
to make ready; prepare.
noun
13.
the state or condition of being ready.
14.
Informal. ready money; cash.
interjection
15.
(used in calling the start of a race to indicate that racers should be prepared to start):
Ready! Set! Go!
Idioms
16.
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.
17.
get ready!, (in calling the start of a race) be prepared to start:
Get ready! Get set! Go!
18.
make ready,
  1. to bring to a state of readiness or completion; prepare.
  2. Printing. to ready a press for printing.
19.
ready up, British and Australian Slang. to swindle.
Origin
early Middle English
1150-1200
1150-1200; Middle English redy, early Middle English rædig, equivalent to Old English rǣde prompt + -ig -y1
Related forms
overready, adjective
preready, adjective
Synonyms
1. fit, set. 3. agreeable, glad, happy. 4. alert, acute, sharp, keen, adroit, facile, clever, skillful, nimble, adaptable.
Antonyms
1. unfit. 3. unwilling.
Usage note
See already.
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  • Make sure your application materials are ready to go.
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British Dictionary definitions for ready

ready

/ˈrɛdɪ/
adjective 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.
(postpositive) foll by to. 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
noun
8.
(informal) the ready, short for ready money
9.
at the ready
  1. poised for use or action: with pen at the ready
  2. (of a rifle) in the position normally adopted immediately prior to aiming and firing
verb
10.
(transitive) to put in a state of readiness; prepare
Word Origin
Old English (ge)rǣde; related to Old Frisian rēde, Old High German reiti, Old Norse reithr ready
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Word Origin and History for ready
adj.

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.

v.

early 13c., "to administer;" c.1300, "to take aim;" mid-14c., "to prepare, make ready," from ready (adj.). Related: Readied; readying.

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Idioms and Phrases with ready

ready

In addition to the idiom beginning with
ready
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