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1ready

adjective \ˈre-dē\

: prepared to do something

: properly prepared or finished and available for use

: almost about to do something

read·i·erread·i·est

Full Definition of READY

1
a :  prepared mentally or physically for some experience or action
b :  prepared for immediate use <dinner is ready>
2
a :  willingly disposed :  inclined <ready to agree to his proposal>
b :  likely to do something indicated <a house that looks ready to collapse>
3
:  displayed readily and spontaneously <a ready wit>
4
:  immediately available <had ready cash>
read·i·ness noun
at the ready
:  ready for immediate use <kept guns at the ready>

Examples of READY

  1. I'll be ready in 10 minutes.
  2. Can we leave now? I'm ready when you are.
  3. Your prescription will be ready in about 20 minutes.
  4. The car won't be ready until tomorrow.
  5. We got everything ready for the party before the guests arrived.

Origin of READY

Middle English redy; akin to Old English gēde ready, Gothic garaiths arranged
First Known Use: 13th century

Synonym Discussion of READY

quick, prompt, ready, apt mean able to respond without delay or hesitation or indicative of such ability. quick stresses instancy of response and is likely to connote native rather than acquired power <quick reflexes> <a keen quick mind>. prompt is more likely to connote training and discipline that fits one for instant response <prompt emergency medical care>. ready suggests facility or fluency in response <backed by a pair of ready assistants>. apt stresses the possession of qualities (as intelligence, a particular talent, or a strong bent) that makes quick effective response possible <an apt student> <her answer was apt and to the point>.

Rhymes with READY

2ready

verb

: to prepare (someone or something)

read·iedready·ing

Full Definition of READY

transitive verb
:  to make ready

Examples of READY

  1. They readied the room for guests.
  2. She readied herself to speak.
  3. We have to ready ourselves for a tough fight ahead.

First Known Use of READY

14th century

Rhymes with READY

READIEST Defined for Kids

1ready

adjective \ˈre-dē\
read·i·erread·i·est

Definition of READY for Kids

1
:  prepared for use or action <Dinner is ready.> <I'm ready to eat.>
2
:  likely to do something <I was ready to cry.>
3
:  willing 1 <I'm ready to help.>
4
:  needing or wanting something as soon as possible <I'm ready for some sleep.>
5
:  showing ease and promptness <a ready smile>
6
:  available right away :  handy <ready money>
read·i·ness \ˈre-dē-nəs\ noun

2ready

verb
read·iedready·ing

Definition of READY for Kids

:  to prepare for use or action

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