\ 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 If a replacement test isn't ready in time for fall 2025, California high school students will still be allowed to forego standardized testing. Li Cohen, CBS News, "Students won't have to take the SAT or ACT to get into the University of California for the next four years," 21 May 2020 Many members were not ready to cede that much authority to emerging private companies such as SpaceX. Push came to shove in 2010 as NASA sought congressional funding for companies to begin developing spacecraft to launch humans. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "The numbers don’t lie—NASA’s move to commercial space has saved money," 20 May 2020 Don’t build one big wall; instead, ready a thousand nets. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, "We Live in a Patchwork Pandemic Now," 20 May 2020 And across Alaska, restaurants, bars, and gyms, which have been open to small numbers of customers for weeks, were getting ready to rev back up to full capacity. Sarah Mervosh,, "All 50 States Are Now Reopening. But at What Cost?," 20 May 2020 With a helper ready and willing to move the truck and trailer westward from Navarre to Cotton Bayou in Orange Beach, the decision was easy. al, "Fair winds: Sailing along a coast coming back to life," 20 May 2020 If a window does open for it, climate scientists, economists and politicians need to be ready to pounce. Gilbert E. Metcalf, Scientific American, "How to Set a Price on Carbon Pollution," 19 May 2020 Sporting an ultra-cool camo-print sports bra and matching leggings from Niyama Sol, J.Lo looks stylish, focused, and ready to crush her presumably insane workout. Stephanie Perry,, "J.Lo Shows Off Her Insane Abs—But Her Sports Bra is Actually Stealing the Show," 18 May 2020 Mary Williams, spokesperson for CHI Health Mercy Corning Hospital, which serves the area, believes the community is ready for a possible COVID-19 outbreak. USA Today, "Where coronavirus isn't: What's kept cases officially at zero in these 200 counties?," 17 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Kodiak crabbers are now readying pots for Dungeness, which opens on the east side of the island on May 1 and at the southern tip on June 15. Anchorage Daily News, "Call for comments on cod disaster funds and coronavirus impacts," 7 Apr. 2020 From the Trump administration to the normally fiscally-reserved German chancellorship of Angela Merkel, governments are readying trillions of dollars in spending and loans to keep economies afloat. Adam Rasmi, Quartz, "History shows that big social programs only emerge after global disasters," 20 Mar. 2020 Both ships are readying for deployment to the East and West coasts, respectively. Abraham Mahshie, Washington Examiner, "Military coronavirus cases increase to 69 as testing ramps up," 20 Mar. 2020 And the two airports, the Transportation Security Administration and other agencies are readying for the travel rush. Harriet Baskas, USA TODAY, "What travelers need to know as TSA, airports brace for Super Bowl LIV travelers," 28 Jan. 2020 The Pentagon and Microsoft are readying Terminator vision for the field. Popular Science, "The 100 greatest innovations of 2019," 3 Dec. 2019 The contractors are readying the site of the former hospital for redevelopment into One Lakewood Place, planned to host 200 homes, 100,000 square feet of office space and 84,000 square feet of retail. Emily Bamforth, cleveland, "Residents claiming vibrations from former Lakewood Hospital site damaged homes," 16 Nov. 2019 It is said that the Spanish side are readying a bid worth a whopping €300m to lure the 20-year-old to the Santiago Bernabéu, which might be enough to convince Mbappé to push for an exit., "PSG to Offer Kylian Mbappé Huge Pay Rise in Attempt to Fend Off Real Madrid Interest," 5 Nov. 2019 Three House committee chairs are readying a subpoena for the White House to demand key documents related to the July 25 phone call between President Trump and the Ukrainian president. Grace Segers, CBS News, "House threatens to subpoena White House over Ukraine call documents," 2 Oct. 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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“Ready.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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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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