Definitions for readyˈrɛd i

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

read•y*ˈrɛd i(adj.)read•i•er, read•i•est

  1. (adj.)completely prepared or in fit condition for action or use:

    ready for battle.

  2. not hesitant; willing:

    ready to forgive.

  3. quick in perceiving, comprehending, speaking, etc.

  4. proceeding from or showing such quickness:

    a ready reply.

  5. quick in action, performance, manifestation, etc.:

    a ready wit.

  6. inclined; disposed; apt:

    too ready to criticize.

  7. primed for an imminent event; likely at any moment:

    a tree ready to fall.

  8. immediately available for use:

    ready money.

  9. (v.t.)to make ready; prepare.

  10. (n.)Slang. ready money; cash.

    Category: Informal

Idioms for ready:

  1. at the ready,in a condition or position of being ready for use:

    soldiers with weapons at the ready.

    Category: Idiom

  2. make ready, to bring to a state of readiness; prepare.

    Category: Idiom

* Usage: See already.

Origin of ready:

1150–1200; ME redy, early ME rædig < OE rǣde prompt

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ready(adj)

    poised for action

    "their guns were at the ready"

  2. ready(adj)

    completely prepared or in condition for immediate action or use or progress

    "get ready"; "she is ready to resign"; "the bridge is ready to collapse"; "I am ready to work"; "ready for action"; "ready for use"; "the soup will be ready in a minute"; "ready to learn to read"

  3. ready(a)(adj)

    (of especially money) immediately available

    "he seems to have ample ready money"; "a ready source of cash"

  4. ready(adj)

    mentally disposed

    "he was ready to believe her"

  5. ready(adj)

    made suitable and available for immediate use

    "dinner is ready"

  6. quick, ready(verb)

    apprehending and responding with speed and sensitivity

    "a quick mind"; "a ready wit"

  7. cook, fix, ready, make, prepare(verb)

    prepare for eating by applying heat

    "Cook me dinner, please"; "can you make me an omelette?"; "fix breakfast for the guests, please"

  8. fix, prepare, set up, ready, gear up, set(verb)

    make ready or suitable or equip in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event, etc

    "Get the children ready for school!"; "prepare for war"; "I was fixing to leave town after I paid the hotel bill"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. ready(adjective)ˈrɛd i

    prepared to do sth or for sth to happen

    Are you ready yet?; I didn't feel ready for the exam.; We're getting ready for the party.; Who's getting the children ready?

  2. readyˈrɛd i

    finished and available

    Come on everyone - breakfast is ready.; When will the power plant be ready for use?; She was getting the room ready for her guests.

  3. readyˈrɛd i

    very close to doing

    He looked like he was ready to cry.

  4. readyˈrɛd i

    wanting or needing

    I was tired and ready for a vacation.

  5. readyˈrɛd i

    happy or willing to

    I'm always ready to help my students.

  6. readyˈrɛd i

    easy to access

    a study using a ready supply of college students


  1. ready(Verb)

    To make prepared for action.

  2. ready(Adjective)

    Prepared for immediate action or use.

    The troops are ready for battle.

  3. ready(Adjective)

    Inclined; apt to happen.

  4. ready(Adjective)

    Liable at any moment.

    The seed is ready to sprout.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ready

    prepared for what one is about to do or experience; equipped or supplied with what is needed for some act or event; prepared for immediate movement or action; as, the troops are ready to march; ready for the journey

  2. Ready

    fitted or arranged for immediate use; causing no delay for lack of being prepared or furnished

  3. Ready

    prepared in mind or disposition; not reluctant; willing; free; inclined; disposed

  4. Ready

    not slow or hesitating; quick in action or perception of any kind; dexterous; prompt; easy; expert; as, a ready apprehension; ready wit; a ready writer or workman

  5. Ready

    offering itself at once; at hand; opportune; convenient; near; easy

  6. Ready

    on the point; about; on the brink; near; -- with a following infinitive

  7. Ready

    a word of command, or a position, in the manual of arms, at which the piece is cocked and held in position to execute promptly the next command, which is, aim

  8. Ready(adverb)

    in a state of preparation for immediate action; so as to need no delay

  9. Ready(noun)

    ready money; cash; -- commonly with the; as, he was well supplied with the ready

  10. Ready(verb)

    to dispose in order

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ready' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1084

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ready' in Written Corpus Frequency: #653

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ready' in Adjectives Frequency: #116

Anagrams of ready

  1. yeard

  2. deary

  3. rayed

Translations for ready

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(negative unready ) prepared; able to be used etc immediately or when needed; able to do (something) immediately or when necessary

I've packed our cases, so we're ready to leave; Is tea ready yet?; Your coat has been cleaned and is ready (to be collected).

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