\ 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

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Adjective

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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

Adjective 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. Verb 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 Speaking of the new, Chelsea have plenty of exciting, younger options who are more than ready to take Willian's place., "5 Reasons Why Chelsea Shouldn't Offer Willian a New Contract," 17 Sep. 2019 And, given how ready the festival appears for a new infusion of energy and some upgrades, the move to Petco Park next year may prove particularly well-timed. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Analysis: KAABOO takes final Del Mar bow: Was the festival rushing too fast to its new home at Petco Park?," 17 Sep. 2019 The group stage will commence on Tuesday night, with teams from all over Europe ready to begin their battle for continental supremacy., "Champions League: adidas Unveil Official Ball for 2019/20 Group Stage Games," 17 Sep. 2019 Pepper seeds are ready when the fruit is fully mature and starts to wrinkle. oregonlive, "How to save seed from the garden for planting next year," 17 Sep. 2019 By the next summer storm season, drones may finally be ready to help. Wired, "The First Hurricane Relief Drone Was Ready to Fly—Then Dorian Hit," 17 Sep. 2019 Experiment with one approach, but be ready to try another way., "HAPPY BIRTHDAY," 17 Sep. 2019 The fact that many of us have German outfits at the ready indicates how deep the German roots of the Cincinnati festival go in the community. Polly Campbell,, "Everything you need to know about Oktoberfest Zinzinnati," 16 Sep. 2019 When the Saints begin practices this week at the University of Washington in preparation for Sunday’s game at Seattle, Payton is tasked to get Teddy Bridgewater ready for his start in a meaningful game since 2015. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Roethlisberger, Brees injuries shake up NFL playoff races, force hard look at the future," 16 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But that may not hold if Trump ends up reelected to a second term, as the European Union readies a carbon tax for imports to punish inaction in other countries and China doubles down on building its clean energy economy. Justin Worland, Time, "Trump's Paris Agreement Move Is Unpopular. Here's How He's Trying to Spin It," 5 Nov. 2019 Gianluca Di Marzio are reporting that the club are readying an opening bid of €10m, that should be submitted to the Red Devils in the coming days., "Roma Preparing Bid to Make Chris Smalling's Move From Manchester United Permanent," 31 Oct. 2019 Today, as Americans ready their pumpkin buckets for a night of trick-or-treating, the residents of Tokyo have already gotten the celebration underway. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Japan’s Kawasaki Parade Is a Serious Display of Halloween Spirit," 31 Oct. 2019 Country readies for winter campaign Britain's parties will now criss-cross the bitterly divided country in search for votes, amid an electoral landscape upended by the political earthquake of 2016's Brexit referendum. Rob Picheta, CNN, "Britain set for December 12 election after MPs approve snap poll," 29 Oct. 2019 Hardhat wearing construction workers were busy readying the project. Matt Wake |, al, "VBC announces new venue and restaurant names, lineup," 29 Oct. 2019 Trump this month ordered the bulk of the approximately 1,000 U.S. troops in Syria to withdraw after Turkey’s president, Recep Tayipp Erdogan, told Trump in a phone call that Turkish forces were readying to invade northeastern Syria., "WASHINGTON (AP) — Trump says Turkey informs US it will make Syrian cease-fire 'permanent,' US directs lifting of sanctions.," 24 Oct. 2019 The Crawley family readies for the arrival of royalty while the drama among all the inhabitants is soon to begin with true Downton Abbey intrigue. Guy Hanford, Ramona Sentinel, "Flickers: ‘Downton Abbey’ leads in the box office," 27 Sep. 2019 New Orleans Saints quarterback Teddy Bridgewater readies a throw against the Seattle Seahawks during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, in Seattle. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Saints’ offense showed signs of progress with Bridgewater," 23 Sep. 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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The first known use of ready was in the 13th century

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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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