adverb

  • usually in combination Done in advance of being needed.

    ‘ready-cooked meals’
    • ‘Police had not just recovered drugs ready packaged to be sold, they had also found a huge quantity of stolen property, he said.’
    • ‘It widened its product range from clothing to ready prepared meals, alcohol, household goods and furniture.’
    • ‘I bit my lip and, late this evening, I set the machine up to have another loaf ready baked a couple of hours after I wake tomorrow.’
    • ‘The Oak Tree Foundation has more humanitarian aid ready packed in boxes for Romanian children and their families.’
    • ‘However I did buy one of those ready prepared joints of meat in a tin foil dish in Iceland to shove in the oven.’