\ 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 None of that means that a huge group of Republican voters is ready to storm the Capitol — expressing sympathy with an idea on a poll isn’t the same as taking action. Los Angeles Times, "Loyalty to Trump remains the fault line for Republicans," 14 Feb. 2021 Also ready for move-in is the 2,500-square-foot home at 1921 Protea. Dallas News, "Final buying opportunities await in 55-plus community," 13 Feb. 2021 The Buckeyes’ 78-59 home win Saturday afternoon showcased a dominant team that’s clearly ready for postseason basketball. Stephen Means, cleveland, "Ohio State basketball handles Indiana 78-59, keeps adding to impressive NCAA Tournament resume," 13 Feb. 2021 The Icelandic government was now ready to fight the other mackerel-fishing nations for the right to the species. Regin Winther Poulsen, The Atlantic, "The Rules for Dividing the Ocean’s Riches Are Breaking," 13 Feb. 2021 This week’s White House Report Card finds President Biden ready to move forward without Republican support on his $1.9 trillion coronavirus aid, a decision that essentially ends his once-lofty goal of unity on policy. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, "White House Report Card: Biden tough on virus aid, soft on immigration," 13 Feb. 2021 And when Jones picked up his third foul with 12:14 remaining, Coleman and junior guard Courtney Ramey were ready to close. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, "Andrew Jones sets the tone in No. 13 Texas' win over TCU," 13 Feb. 2021 In Philadelphia, the Eagles appear ready to pull the plug on the last five years of the franchise’s direction, which included a Super Bowl title in 2017. Globe Staff,, "Several NFL franchise quarterbacks want trades after Tom Brady showed them the way," 13 Feb. 2021 Even during his interview with The Chronicle, there were pieces of the day and the psychological experience that Connelly was not ready to discuss. Tal Kopan, San Francisco Chronicle, "For Pelosi's staff, impeachment trial highlights still-open wounds from pro-Trump insurrection," 12 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The administration has encouraged Democratic senators to be prepared to go it alone, to ready a plan that combines money to address the virus and vaccines with money to fulfill a progressive agenda that includes a higher federal minimum wage. Alexandra Jaffe And Jonathan Lemire, Anchorage Daily News, "Biden’s dilemma in virus aid fight: Go big or go bipartisan," 7 Feb. 2021 Northeast Portland should ready itself for endless days of wine and roses. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Dogwood brings wine and flower power to Northeast Portland," 6 Feb. 2021 Her mother had gotten a spot in a surgery program at NYU to correct a bulging disc in her spine and needed the room, plus Russell and Bajada needed to ready the apartment for sale. Bridget Read, Curbed, "The Nightmare Share," 2 Feb. 2021 Brady will ready himself for the 10th Super Bowl appearance of his career after a performance that featured 280 passing yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Even with six Super Bowl rings, Bucs' Tom Brady still had something to prove to himself," 24 Jan. 2021 Once the midwife Eva arrives, the characters all move into the living room, and split off to separate areas: Eva to ready the bed for delivery, Martha to the tub, Sean scrambling to find music for his wife and consult with Eva by the dining table. Hillary Kelly, Vulture, "Pieces of a Woman Hinges on One Heaving, Tremendous Home-Birth Scene," 12 Jan. 2021 Shanahan learned from how the personable Quinn related to players and took elements of how Atlanta prepared for the Super Bowl after the 2016 season to ready the 49ers for the game last season. Eric Branch,, "If Robert Saleh leaves 49ers, who might be the next defensive coordinator?," 28 Dec. 2020 Even small things like the average time to ready a kit, confer with patients, and perform the injection will have a big impact when vaccinations are being scheduled at scale. Gregory Barber, Wired, "The First Americans Are Being Vaccinated. Now, the Hard Part," 16 Dec. 2020 At the bottom, a machine—or, sometimes a human—snips off the gob to ready the fiber to be spun onto reels. Popular Science, "An inside look at how fiber optic glass is made," 22 Dec. 2020

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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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“Ready.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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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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