What does ready mean?

Definitions for ready
ˈrɛd iready

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word ready.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. readyadjective

    poised for action

    "their guns were at the ready"

  2. readyadjective

    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)adjective

    (of especially money) immediately available

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

  4. readyadjective

    mentally disposed

    "he was ready to believe her"

  5. readyadjective

    made suitable and available for immediate use

    "dinner is ready"

  6. quick, readyverb

    apprehending and responding with speed and sensitivity

    "a quick mind"; "a ready wit"

  7. cook, fix, ready, make, prepareverb

    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, setverb

    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"


  1. readyverb

    To make prepared for action.

  2. readyadjective

    Prepared for immediate action or use.

    The troops are ready for battle.

  3. readyadjective

    Inclined; apt to happen.

  4. readyadjective

    Liable at any moment.

    The seed is ready to sprout.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. READYadjective

    Etymology: ræd , Saxon; redo, Swedish; hrade , nimble, Saxon.

    These commodities yield the readiest money of any in this kingdom, because they never fail of a price abroad. William Temple.

    He overlook’d his hinds; their pay was just
    And ready: for he scorn’d to go on trust. Dryden.

    All things are ready, if our minds be so.
    —— Perish the man whose mind is backward now! William Shakespeare.

    Make you ready your stiff bats and clubs;
    Rome and her rats are at the point of battle. William Shakespeare.

    One hand the sword, and one the pen employs,
    And in my lap the ready paper lies. Dryden.

    The sacred priests with ready knives bereave
    The beasts of life, and in full bowls receive
    The streaming blood. John Dryden, Æneis.

    Trouble and anguish shall prevail against him, as a king ready to the battle. Job xv. 24.

    Death ready stands to interpose his dart. John Milton.

    The word which I have giv’n, I’ll not revoke;
    If he be brave, he’s ready for the stroke. Dryden.

    The imagination is always restless, and the will, reason being laid aside, is ready for every extravagant project. John Locke.

    Men, when their actions succeed not as they would, are always ready to impute the blame thereof unto the heavens, so as to excuse their own follies. Edmund Spenser, State of Ireland.

    He knoweth that the day of darkness is ready at hand. Job.

    Satan ready now
    To stoop with weary’d wings and willing feet
    On this world. John Milton, Paradise Lost.

    A sapling pine he wrench’d from out the ground,
    The readiest weapon that his fury found. Dryden.

    Sometimes the readiest way, which a wise man hath to conquer, is to fly. Richard Hooker, Preface.

    The race elect,
    Safe towards Canaan from the shore advance
    Through the wild desert, not the readiest way. John Milton.

    Proud of their conquest, prouder of their prey,
    They leave the camp, and take the readiest way. Dryden.

    The ready way to be thought mad, is to contend that you are not so. Spectator, №. 577.

    A ready consent often subjects a woman to contempt. Clarissa.

    Those, who speak in publick, are much better accepted, when they can deliver their discourse by the help of a lively genius and a ready memory, than when they are forced to read all. Isaac Watts, Improvement of the Mind.

    He will shew you a large upper room; there make ready for us. Mar. xiv. 15.

  2. Readyadverb

    Readily; so as not to need delay.

    We will go ready armed before the children of Israel. Num.

  3. Readynoun

    Ready money. A low word.

    Lord Strutt was not flush in ready, either to go to law, or clear old debts. John Arbuthnot, History of John Bull.


  1. Ready

    Ready is a song recorded by Canadian singer and songwriter Alessia Cara. It was released on July 22, 2019, as the lead single from her 2019 EP This Summer.


  1. ready

    Ready can be defined as being prepared or willing to engage in a particular action or activity. It suggests a state of being fully equipped, organized, or mentally and physically prepared to perform a task or face a situation. It implies that all necessary conditions or requirements have been met, allowing for immediate action or response.

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. Readyadverb

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

  9. Readynoun

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

  10. Readyverb

    to dispose in order

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ready

    red′i, adj. prepared at the moment: in proper time: prepared in mind: willing: not slow or awkward: dexterous: prompt: quick: present in hand: at hand: near: easy: on the point of: opportune: off-hand, as a ready retort.—n. a waiter's answer to a call: the position of a soldier's weapon after the order 'Make ready!' (slang) ready-money.—v.t. to dispose: to arrange.—adv. in a state of readiness or preparation.—adv. Read′ily.—n. Read′iness.—adj. Read′y-made, made and ready for use: not made to order.—ns. Read′y-mon′ey, cash payment; Read′y-pole, a bar across the chimney to support the pot-hook; Read′y-reck′oner, a book of tables giving the value of any number of things from the lowest monetary unit upwards: also the interest on any sum of money from a day upwards.—adj. Read′y-wit′ted, having ready wit: clever: sharp.—Make ready, to prepare. [A.S. rǽderídan, to ride; Scot. red, to put in order, Ger. be-reit, ready.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. ready

    In tactics, a word of command in firing, being a contraction of make ready.

Editors Contribution

  1. ready

    Appropriate to do or act.

    They were ready to discuss the future and their love for each other as their wedding plans were part of their discussion.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 19, 2020  

Etymology and Origins

  1. Ready

    Short for ready money, cash always on hand, in readiness for emergencies.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. READY

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Ready is ranked #6896 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Ready surname appeared 4,875 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 2 would have the surname Ready.

    85.4% or 4,164 total occurrences were White.
    8.5% or 417 total occurrences were Black.
    2.4% or 118 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    2% or 101 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1% or 51 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.4% or 24 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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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 for ready »

  1. deary

  2. rayed

  3. yeard

  4. deray

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ready in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ready in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of ready in a Sentence

  1. Robert Driscoll:

    From our perspective, we're ready to go.

  2. Virginie Razzano:

    I'll admit I didn't sleep well for three days before the match because I was so perturbed to play her, because I really wanted to get past the first round, i said in my head,' Psychologically I have to be ready to beat her.'.

  3. Mmusi Maimane:

    South Africa at this point deserves a diverse, competent cabinet that is not a negotiated settlement between factions, but instead a team of committed individuals who are ready to take South Africa forward.

  4. Environment Minister Manuel Pulgar-Vidal:

    It's ready to go.

  5. Frank Kendall:

    This is a pretty good market for the fourth generation fighter planes and we're not the only ones, the F-16s are competitive and we're ready to prove the newest technology on those.

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