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ready

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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
  • He had a ready response to every one of her objections regarding the feasibility of the plan.
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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

ready

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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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