adjective \ˈre-dē\

: prepared to do something

: properly prepared or finished and available for use

: almost about to do something


Full Definition of READY

a :  prepared mentally or physically for some experience or action
b :  prepared for immediate use <dinner is ready>
a :  willingly disposed :  inclined <ready to agree to his proposal>
b :  likely to do something indicated <a house that looks ready to collapse>
:  displayed readily and spontaneously <a ready wit>
:  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

Rhymes with READY



: to prepare (someone or something)


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


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