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ready

Overview

This page has 7 definitions of ready in English. Ready is an adjective, verb and noun. Examples of how to use ready in a sentence are shown. Also define these 10 related words and terms: prepare, inclined, apt, liable, dexterous, prompt, easy, expert, ready money, and cash.

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English

Etymology

From Middle English redy, redi, rædiȝ, iredi, ȝerǣdi, alteration ( +‎ -y) of earlier irēd, irede, ȝerād (ready, prepared), from Old English rǣde, ġerǣde (also ġerȳde) ("prepared, prompt, ready, ready for riding (horse), mounted (on a horse), skilled, simple, easy"), from Proto-Germanic *garaidijaz, *raidijaz, from base *raidaz (ready), from Proto-Indo-European *rēydʰ-, *rēy- (to count, put in order, arrange, make comfortable) and also probably conflated with Proto-Indo-European *reydʰ- (to ride) in the sense of "set to ride, able or fit to go, ready". Cognate with Scots readie, reddy (ready, prepared), West Frisian ree (ready), Dutch gereed (ready), German bereit (ready), Danish rede (ready), Swedish redo (ready, fit, prepared), Norwegian reiug (ready, prepared), Icelandic greiður (easy, light), Gothic 𐌲𐌰𐍂𐌰𐌹𐌸𐍃 (garaiþs, arranged, ordered).

Pronunciation

Adjective

ready (comparative readier, superlative readiest)

  1. Prepared for immediate action or use.
    The troops are ready for battle.
    The porridge is ready to serve.
  2. Inclined; apt to happen.
  3. Liable at any moment.
    The seed is ready to sprout.
  4. Not slow or hesitating; quick in action or perception of any kind.
    Synonyms: dexterous, prompt, easy, expert
    a ready apprehension
    ready wit
    a ready writer or workman
  5. Offering itself at once; at hand; opportune; convenient.

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Verb

ready (third-person singular simple present readies, present participle readying, simple past and past participle readied)

  1. (transitive) To prepare; to make ready for action.

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  • cable ready
  • camera-ready
  • enterprise-ready
  • make-ready
  • oven-ready
 

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Noun

ready (countable and uncountable, plural readies)

  1. (slang) ready money; cash
    • 1712, John Arbuthnot, The History of John Bull
      Lord Strut was not flush in ready, either to go to law, or to clear old debts.
    • 2008, Agnes Owens, The Group
      [] he was generous when he had the cash. Many a time he kept me going in drink through the week when I was stuck for the ready []

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