\ 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 Get ready for more sunshine through the end of the work week. Mike Rose, cleveland, "Sunny and mild: Northeast Ohio’s Wednesday weather forecast," 11 May 2021 They are pressed by nature to do their mating rituals and meanwhile get ready for their demise. Lance Eliot, Forbes, "Trillions Of Cicada Aiming To Bugout The Northeastern USA And Spur Swarmageddon Messiness For AI Self-Driving Cars," 10 May 2021 Officials told the relevant community boards to get ready for an intense last round of meetings. Keith Gessen, Curbed, "New York’s first climate adaptation battle is here.," 10 May 2021 Some bars will reopen indoors without food but need more time to get ready. Lauren Hernández, San Francisco Chronicle, "Bottoms up! S.F. bars reopen indoors at 25% capacity, no food required," 9 May 2021 And Goldman Sachs is telling its US workers to get ready to return to the office by mid-June. Richard Galant, CNN, "Donald Trump exerts eerie grip on GOP," 9 May 2021 The coaching staff tries to reset the rotations to get ready for the playoffs. Andrew Greif, Los Angeles Times, "Clippers fall to Knicks in final home game of regular season as playoff race tightens," 9 May 2021 The oil depth here is also shallow — 1 cup of oil total — so get ready to make one of my favorite new recipes from last year. Washington Post, "Sauteing and frying: Tips and recipes to help you master stovetop cooking techniques," 8 May 2021 Stokoe’s own rig, Knight Rider, was ready to go, its gondola now barely dragging the ground whenever a breeze pushed at the envelope, a stout tether keeping it secured to the van. al, "Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival ready for takeoff," 7 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Republicans need to ready themselves to defeat the next presidential challenger. Arkansas Online, "Letters," 24 Apr. 2021 Since 2003, Step Up has created more than 29,000 internship experiences for Minneapolis young people ages 14 to 21, offering job skills training and career opportunities to ready them for a diverse 21st century workforce. Star Tribune, "Minneapolis Step Up program gets COVID creative to keep offering youth internship opportunities," 9 Apr. 2021 President Joe Biden’s transition team had asked the outgoing Trump administration to ready the number of licensed beds to shelter minors and spend available federal dollars. Elaine Ayala, San Antonio Express-News, "Ayala: San Antonio's bases have taken in evacuees, migrants before," 27 Mar. 2021 Less than 16 hours after walking off the floor with one of the most scintillating wins in the game’s history, the barely still undefeated Bulldogs returned to practice Sunday to ready for the national final. Eddie Pells, San Francisco Chronicle, "Gonzaga's last hurdles: a quick turnaround - and Baylor," 4 Apr. 2021 Cassellius said in a letter to families that the delay would allow the district to ready its facilities and would make the return to full-time classroom learning safer., "Boston, Worcester schools allowed to delay return to full-time classroom instruction," 24 Mar. 2021 Many people will now to ready to use this to kick off their summer, come back from hibernation. Christopher Arnott,, "LGBTQ Film Festival returning in June, both in-person and online," 2 Mar. 2021 Within a few days many other residents joined Sadie in the new nursing home setting that had been prepared by many of the cottage volunteers who washed windows, cleaned, set up beds, hung mirrors to ready the rooms. Hermine Saunders,, "Saunders: The History of a Carroll Lutheran Village, Part II," 13 Mar. 2021 With her small but dedicated team of family members, Garcia works for over two months to ready the flowers for the parade, and this year will be her last to lead the charge before retiring. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, "How To Experience the Spirit of San Antonio," 26 Feb. 2021

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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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14 May 2021

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“Ready.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 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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