\ 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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective On Monday evening, a massive tornado spun harmlessly in an open field near Morton, Texas, and storm chasers were ready with their cameras. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 24 May 2022 While the other residents were getting ready before prom, Summerfield's staff came to the dining room with just Matt and Sara. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, The Indianapolis Star, 23 May 2022 Knowing Sevilla, its expert recruiters will be ready with a replacement. Henry Flynn, Forbes, 19 May 2022 Pete Williams is getting ready to sign off from NBC News after a nearly three-decade-long career. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 19 May 2022 Dispatch did a great job as well by suggesting Pensacola Airport and getting a gate and paramedics ready for us. Antonio Planas, NBC News, 18 May 2022 Turley could be getting ready for the Major League Baseball draft after this. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, 17 May 2022 On the day of the show, the five seniors frantically moved around Evans’ classroom getting his look ready, gluing on eyebrows and dousing him in body glitter at the last minute. al, 16 May 2022 While on the plane with Marvin getting ready to leave, Red receives a call from Cooper, who explains the connection between Marvin and LaCroix and warns him not to trust Marvin. Laura Sirikul,, 14 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The trainees rotate through all key filmmaking positions to ready them for opportunities on larger sets like those of Lifetime Movies. Kimberly Nordyke, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 May 2022 Bentley’s historic Pyms Lane plant in Cheshire will also be treated to a refit to ready it for the zero-emissions future. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 5 May 2022 Most people at rapper-producer redveil’s age are working on an identity outside a prescribed cycle of routines–at school, at work, at home–to ready themselves for the independence and uncertainties of early adulthood. Tomas Miriti Pacheco, SPIN, 2 May 2022 Agencies should begin implementing the NRSS by investing in technologies that will ready our infrastructure for the future. Mark Pittman, Forbes, 18 Mar. 2022 The Park District plans to formally break ground on the beach project Wednesday at the foot of Foss Park on North Chicago’s Lake Michigan shore to ready it for swimming on July 4 after a 20-year effort to bring the project to fruition. Steve Sadin,, 12 Apr. 2022 In his book, bestselling self-help author Pogue offers sensible, deeply researched advice for how people should start to ready themselves for the years ahead. cleveland, 25 Mar. 2022 Even for those who had predicted and had tried to ready themselves for war, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24 came as a shock. Michael Kimmage, The New Republic, 13 Mar. 2022 Usually, before an Olympics, the U.S. is able to scrimmage teams from across the world to ready themselves for the competition. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, 17 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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\ 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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