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ready

adjective

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(Entry 1 of 2)

1 being in a state of fitness for some experience or action
  • after studying for months, she felt ready for the bar exam

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2 having a desire or inclination (as for a specified course of action)
  • I'm ready to help, if I can

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3 having or showing the ability to respond without delay or hesitation
  • had a ready response to every one of her objections regarding the feasibility of the plan

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ready

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of ready (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to make competent (as by training, skill, or ability) for a particular office or function
  • this advanced course should ready him for college

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2 to make ready in advance
  • we can ready the desserts for the party a day in advance

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3 to prepare (oneself) mentally or emotionally
  • the basketball players sat quietly in the locker room, readying themselves for the final game of the season

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How does the adjective ready contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of ready are apt, prompt, and quick. While all these words mean "able to respond without delay or hesitation or indicative of such ability," ready suggests facility or fluency in response.

backed by a pair of ready assistants

When is it sensible to use apt instead of ready?

The meanings of apt and ready largely overlap; however, 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

Where would prompt be a reasonable alternative to ready?

While in some cases nearly identical to ready, prompt is more likely to connote training and discipline that fits one for instant response.

prompt emergency medical care

When is quick a more appropriate choice than ready?

The words quick and ready can be used in similar contexts, but quick stresses instancy of response and is likely to connote native rather than acquired power.

quick reflexes

a keen quick mind

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The first known use of ready was in the 13th century

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“Ready.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/ready. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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