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ready

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adjective \ˈre-dē\

Definition of ready

readier

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readiest

  1. 1a :  prepared mentally or physically for some experience or actionb :  prepared for immediate use dinner is ready

  2. 2a :  willingly disposed :  inclined ready to agree to his proposalb :  likely to do something indicated a house that looks ready to collapse

  3. 3 :  displayed readily and spontaneously a ready wit

  4. 4 :  immediately available had ready cash

readiness

noun

at the ready

  1. :  ready for immediate use kept guns at the ready

Examples of ready in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of ready

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

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 (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

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ready

verb

Definition of ready

readied

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readying

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to make ready

Examples of ready in a Sentence

  1. They readied the room for guests.

  2. She readied herself to speak.

  3. We have to ready ourselves for a tough fight ahead.

Recent Examples of ready from the Web

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First Known Use of ready

14th century



READY Defined for English Language Learners

ready

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adjective

Definition of ready for English Language Learners

  • : prepared to do something

  • : properly prepared or finished and available for use

  • : almost about to do something

ready

verb

Definition of ready for English Language Learners

  • : to prepare (someone or something)


READY Defined for Kids

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ready

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adjective \ˈre-dē\

Definition of ready for Students

readier

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readiest

  1. 1 :  prepared for use or action Dinner is ready. I'm ready to eat.

  2. 2 :  likely to do something I was ready to cry.

  3. 3 :  willing 1 I'm ready to help.

  4. 4 :  needing or wanting something as soon as possible I'm ready for some sleep.

  5. 5 :  showing ease and promptness a ready smile

  6. 6 :  available right away :  handy ready money

readiness

\ˈre-dē-nəs\ noun

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ready

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verb

Definition of ready for Students

readied

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readying

  1. :  to prepare for use or action



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