ready

adjective
\ˈre-dē \
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

ready

verb
readied; readying

Definition of ready (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to make ready

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Other Words from ready

Adjective

readiness noun

Choose the Right Synonym for ready

Adjective

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

Get ready for some unusual plants to start popping up outside public sites all over South Florida. Lois K. Solomon, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Why are solar trees popping up all over? Thank thousands of South Florida families," 13 July 2018 Sermon said the time off helped the four members recharge and get ready for the next step in their musical journey. Alan Sculley, kansascity, "Imagine Dragons: ‘Evolve’ show is ‘the most complicated production’ they’ve done," 11 July 2018 Half an hour later, the balloon is ready to go, held in place by a red horizontal bar and protected from the wind by walls on three sides. Alex Davies, WIRED, "Inside X, the Moonshot Factory Racing to Build the Next Google," 11 July 2018 Here's a look at what some of them are doing to get ready for the 2018 season. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Scenes from Arizona high school football preseason camps," 10 July 2018 Miller Park is getting ready for a different kind of pitch on Wednesday. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mexican clubs will play third soccer match at Miller Park. Here are 5 things to know.," 10 July 2018 Of course, my goal is to get back to the Major Leagues and get ready for that. Kyle Brown, Cincinnati.com, "How is former Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips doing in his minor league comeback?," 10 July 2018 Order at the counter and get ready for the ordinary. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "Review: Get the South out of your mouth at Hoppin’ John," 5 July 2018 Bonus: Get ready for plenty of pics featuring the couple’s adorable dog, Asher. Jill Sanford, Outside Online, "9 Travel Accounts You Should Follow on Instagram," 1 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

While most people are expecting one night of fireworks next week, Brockton is readying itself for four — which will come to the city along with a slew of exotic animals and its annual 144-year-old summer fair. Elise Takahama, BostonGlobe.com, "Historic 144th Brockton Fair returns to the city with new bengal tiger exhibit and camel rides," 29 June 2018 Marisela, a 2018 graduate of Maynard Holbrook Jackson High School in Atlanta’s Grant Park, is readying to go to college – just as Mama wished. Mark Davis, ajc, "Personal Journeys: A class by herself," 8 June 2018 Marisela recently finished Emory Pipeline Collaborative, a three-year summertime program that readies students for collegiate courses in medicine. Mark Davis, ajc, "Personal Journeys: A class by herself," 8 June 2018 The noise of the engine can be heard for miles, affording pedestrians enough time to ready their smartphones to record. Michael Whiteley, chicagotribune.com, "Ferrari's prancing horse gets a kick with turbocharged 488 GTB," 16 June 2017 From makeup-free selfies to readying routines infused with a bit of fun, this week's best beauty Instagrams were all about chilling out behind the scenes. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "The 10 Best Beauty Instagrams of the Week: Kylie Jenner, Zayn Malik, and More," 17 June 2018 Disney is reportedly readying cash to sweeten its offer, which Fox’s board had approved in December. The Economist, "Comcast and Disney battle over Rupert Murdoch’s empire," 31 May 2018 On the evening of the last day of Passover, as men departed for synagogue to participate in the prayer service that marked the end of the holiday, women began to ready the table for Mimouna. Florence Steinberger, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mimouna sweets, a Moroccan tradition, herald the end of Passover," 3 Apr. 2018 Meanwhile, the institute and Calibr are readying other treatments for clinical testing, both with other partners, and on its own. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Scripps Research, AbbVie join in large cancer therapy alliance," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of ready

Adjective

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

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ready

Adjective

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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More Definitions for ready

ready

adjective

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

ready

verb

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

: to prepare (someone or something)

ready

adjective
\ˈre-dē \
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

ready

verb
readied; readying

Kids Definition of ready (Entry 2 of 2)

: to prepare for use or action

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