\ ˈre-dē How to pronounce ready (audio) \
readier; readiest

Definition of ready

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : prepared mentally or physically for some experience or action
b : prepared for immediate use dinner is ready
2a : 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
at the ready
: ready for immediate use kept guns at the ready


readied; readying

Definition of ready (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to make ready

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Synonyms & Antonyms for ready

Synonyms: Adjective

fit, go, prepared, set

Synonyms: Verb

equip, fit, prepare, qualify, season, train

Antonyms: Adjective

flat-footed, half-baked, half-cocked, underprepared, unprepared, unready

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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 (such 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

Examples of ready in a Sentence


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


They readied the room for guests. She readied herself to speak. We have to ready ourselves for a tough fight ahead.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

As of last reporting, George won’t be ready for the start of training camp. Rob Mahoney,, "Top 100 NBA Players of 2020," 12 Sep. 2019 The 98-year-old park, which overlooks Lake Michigan, still has a beautiful apple trees with fruit that will soon be ready for picking. Emma Keith, Detroit Free Press, "Historic wedding spot at state park could plunge into Lake Michigan," 11 Sep. 2019 Karlsson is said to be fully recovered after offseason groin surgery, and Simek is hoping to be ready for opening night Oct. 2 following knee surgery in March. Ross Mckeon,, "Sharks see plenty of reasons for hope on eve of training camp," 11 Sep. 2019 Bartolotta Restaurants' Bacchus at 925 E. Wells St. is ready to reopen Monday after being closed for nearly two months for planned updates. Jordyn Noennig, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bartolotta Restaurants sets a date for the reopening of updated, 'vibrant' Bacchus restaurant," 11 Sep. 2019 Lag was minimal, and plenty of players were online ready to challenge me on the court. Brittany Vincent, CNN Underscored, "NBA 2K20 offers some of the best virtual basketball you'll ever play," 10 Sep. 2019 In one preview clip (below), Kylie, Kendall, and Kim get ready for the 2019 Met Ball. Martha Sorren,, "When Was The New Season Of Keeping Up With The Kardashians Filmed?," 8 Sep. 2019 Hopefully everybody will be set and ready to take that chance. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando City preps for shifted lineups against LAFC as both teams cope with call-ups," 6 Sep. 2019 Team USA director Jerry Colangelo told The Republic that Booker’s agent alerted him in April the Suns star wanted to focus on getting healthy and being ready for the upcoming 2019-20 season. Duane Rankin, azcentral, "Devin Booker's absence from Team USA draws scrutiny after team squeaks out win over Turkey," 4 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The city also kicked in about $150,000 in state money to help the nonprofit do repairs and renovations to ready the homes for tenants. Ryan Gillespie,, "Catholic Charities sees affordable housing as ‘top expansion area’ as it takes on four affordable homes from Orlando," 16 Aug. 2019 Politicians, from Mrs Merkel down, have done too little to ready an ageing society for challenges like digitisation. The Economist, "Germany’s economy is now shrinking," 15 Aug. 2019 However, the debris cleanup is just the first step to ready the cathedral for a multimillion-dollar reconstruction effort. Washington Post, "World Digest: Aug. 13, 2019," 13 Aug. 2019 By the summer of 2013, as Chiat\Day scrambled to ready the Theranos website for the company’s commercial launch, the 4S, aka the miniLab, had been under development for more than two and a half years. John Carreyrou, WIRED, "A New Look Inside Theranos’ Dysfunctional Corporate Culture," 21 May 2018 That’s not the problem anymore, with former Super Bowl-winning quarterback Nick Foles readying for his first season with the team after signing as a free agent in the offseason. Mark Maske, The Denver Post, "Nick Foles looks to be what the Jaguars were missing. Will it turn out that way?," 14 Aug. 2019 The aggressive pricing announcement comes as the video-streaming sector heats up, what with NBC Universal and HBO readying their own standalone products (and aggressively reclaiming content by way of corporate ownership along the way). Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Disney’s new streaming bundle priced to compete with “standard” Netflix plan," 6 Aug. 2019 As the nation readies for the 2020 elections, Waters did not mince words about the power of the specific voting bloc and the community as a whole. Tanya A. Christian, Essence, "Rep. Maxine Waters Reminds Black Women At Essence Festival: ‘We Don’t Take S--t From Nobody’," 8 July 2019 Erick Buchanan was shot in the jaw and a Poway woman was killed June 23 by an unknown gunman SAN DIEGO — Erick Buchanan is supposed to be spending these weeks prepping for practice, readying to run routes and outrun opponents. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Former Madison High football player recovering after La Jolla shooting," 7 July 2019

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First Known Use of ready


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ready


Middle English redy; akin to Old English gerǣde ready, Goth garaiths arranged

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English Language Learners Definition of ready

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: prepared to do something
: properly prepared or finished and available for use
: almost about to do something



English Language Learners Definition of ready (Entry 2 of 2)

formal : to prepare (someone or something)


\ ˈre-dē How to pronounce ready (audio) \
readier; readiest

Kids Definition of ready

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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 sense 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

Other Words from ready

readiness \ ˈre-​dē-​nəs \ noun


readied; readying

Kids Definition of ready (Entry 2 of 2)

: to prepare for use or action

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