\ 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

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 The Wasco County Sheriff’s Office has issued evacuation orders for some residents near the wildfire and informed others to be ready to go on short notice. oregonlive, 3 Aug. 2022 By July, though, Bishop Thomas Tobin decided that Silva was ready to go back to work and assigned him to be an assistant pastor at St. Thomas More Church in Narragansett in mid-August. Amanda Milkovits,, 3 Aug. 2022 That meant the maps weren’t ready to go in May, when the primary races were supposed to be decided. Andrew J. Tobias, Cleveland.comzachary Smith, cleveland, 3 Aug. 2022 To get ready for the attempt, the Hetzels played in weekly tournaments at the mini-golf course, according to the Golf Channel. Stephanie Wenger, Peoplemag, 3 Aug. 2022 While the elder Arnault has offered some recent pushback regarding the metaverse and virtual shopping, the launch of NFTiff suggests that the famed jewelry house may finally be ready to go all in on digital collectibles. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 1 Aug. 2022 So buy the dip, short the VIX, and get ready for more late night PowerPoint decks, more cocaine in the bathroom after a 15-hour trading shift, and more 1-year 1-year Euro-swap in 500k DV01, baby! Josh St. Clair, Men's Health, 1 Aug. 2022 The governor has been too slow, cautious, and ready to accommodate groundwater agencies dominated by agricultural interests, Gomberg contends. Christopher Goffardstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 29 July 2022 While its secondhand sales have already helped to buoy its stock, even as RV manufacturers have sold off, rentals could help to bring in new customers who aren’t necessarily ready to go all-in on ownership. Laura Forman, WSJ, 26 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Having faced the Cardinal each season, the Trojans and Bruins should ready themselves for competing against several teams of Stanford’s caliber. Thuc Nhi Nguyen, Los Angeles Times, 2 July 2022 Players with his mileage must dig increasingly deep into their mental and physical reserves to ready themselves. Matt Porter,, 16 May 2022 Three years after a major flu pandemic in 2012, federal health officials gave Emergent $163 million to ready the Bayview plant to produce vaccine for any novel virus. Meredith Cohn, Baltimore Sun, 10 May 2022 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 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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