Definition of ready in English:



  • 1[predicative] In a suitable state for an action or situation; fully prepared.

    ‘are you ready, Carrie?’
    ‘I got ready for bed’
    [with infinitive] ‘she was about ready to leave’
    • ‘There wasn't much other than to get ready for the dinner, but even then she would be getting ready too soon.’
    • ‘Nicholas is just a pawn, a puppet for Wilson and that is just a temporary situation until Wilson is ready to strike.’
    • ‘Numerous people ran past them in the opposite direction, fully armoured and ready to repel the attack.’
    • ‘If God has already sounded out to us that the breakthrough is coming, then our job is to make preparations and get ready.’
    • ‘I learned that I needed to be ready, prepared and fully knowledgeable about the industry.’
    • ‘It normally doesn't take me long to get ready for anything but tonight it felt like forever to get ready.’
    • ‘The best way to be prepared for these kinds of situations is to be ready ahead of time.’
    • ‘She still had a few hours before she had to hit the casino but if she started now, she could get ready slowly and prepare for her job.’
    • ‘Xiamen is fully ready to provide drinking water to Jinmen, Taiwan Province, which is now suffering drought.’
    • ‘I wanted to say that, thanks to his prediction, I was ready and prepared for the long cold winter that we just went through.’
    • ‘Five minutes later, I woke up with pressure down below, midwife checked - fully dilated and ready to go!’
    • ‘We came back, hoping that the trailer & truck would be fully packed and ready to go.’
    • ‘They are ready and prepared for the challenge of teaching in another country.’
    • ‘The players are ready, well prepared, but numbed by tension.’
    • ‘You will know they are ready when they are fully sprouted.’
    • ‘When they are fully ready, they assume their positions, and the camera turns, showing us their opponents for the first time.’
    • ‘I felt pretty bad and was fully ready to accept the earful that was rightfully due my way and apologise for my out of order behaviour.’
    • ‘They are said to be staying at relatives' homes, watching the situation and ready to move upon orders.’
    • ‘I don't know why, but everyone has to take responsibility for themselves and prepare right and get ready.’
    • ‘So, with a strong sense of camaraderie and purpose, the French were ready and settled in preparation for the battles ahead.’
    prepared, all set, set, organized, in a fit state, equipped, primed
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    1. 1.1(of a thing) made suitable and available for immediate use.
      ‘dinner's ready!’
      ‘could you have the list ready by this afternoon?’
      • ‘The course material is being prepared and will be ready in about two months.’
      • ‘Most of the complex was actually ready and occupied for a while.’
      • ‘So today I have had the phone call saying the cupboard is once more ready for collection.’
      • ‘They only take about five minutes to prepare and are ready in about 45 minutes.’
      • ‘Getting the village ready for the biggest bowling event in the country is a huge task.’
      • ‘Work started as soon as the school broke up for the summer and was ready for the pupils' return.’
      • ‘Brett made my day by having dinner ready for me when I got out of a lovely hot shower.’
      • ‘We took the best we could find and carried them back to the house ready for baking.’
      • ‘The paths between have to be tidied up but the beds themselves are now ready for planting.’
      • ‘At least a dozen councils are yet to supply ballot packs to the Royal Mail ready for posting.’
      • ‘The obstetric nurse has the neonatal resuscitation equipment prepared and ready if it is needed.’
      • ‘We had a few people round on Saturday night to celebrate and spent practically the whole day getting the house and garden ready and preparing a buffet.’
      • ‘With the cadaver onboard, the train gets ready to leave and we scramble for our precious third-class seats.’
      • ‘The Queen told me to wash my hands and get ready for dinner, which would be ready very soon.’
      • ‘I had the house ready for the photographer some twenty minutes before he was due to call.’
      • ‘Things have moved on a lot since then and the system was more than ready for replacement.’
      • ‘They have worked long and late after they have completed their day job to have the train ready.’
      • ‘When the processes have finished, the oven bleeps and the product is ready for sale.’
      • ‘The eyes have now formed a number of short shoots and are ready for planting out.’
      • ‘Graham says he will have the house ready for the market immediately after Christmas.’
      • ‘She passed me two bags of coca-cola, and took my money, leaving me standing, slightly confused, beside a train ready to depart.’
      completed, finished, prepared, organized, done, arranged, fixed, in readiness
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    2. 1.2Keen or quick to give.
      ‘every time I rang up, she was ready with some excuse’
      • ‘He was always ready with a public quote, making him a very visible chief, apparently popular with the citizenry.’
      • ‘He is an unassuming moral giant of a man, loved by all those around him and always ready with a reassuring song and a piece of simple wisdom.’
      • ‘She was always hardworking and industrious and ever ready with a helping hand.’
      • ‘To Justin, they seemed just like friends, ready with compliments and always offering gifts.’
      • ‘A charitable man he always took a keen interest in local affairs and was always ready with support for local events.’
      • ‘He's gregarious and tactile, always ready with a cuddle and a chuckle.’
      • ‘Coming from a strong farming background he understood the setbacks as well as the good days and was always ready with a word of advice.’
      • ‘He's always ready with a shoulder to lean on and like Bessie he can be a calming influence.’
      • ‘Trish had quickly become a second mother, a loving, playful person, but always ready with advice.’
      • ‘For a year I had always been ready with a slew of excuses why I couldn't attend.’
      • ‘Unlike many politicians, Alexander is always ready with a concrete example.’
      • ‘He is always ready with a cheery smile and wave, and is famous for sheltering passengers with his own umbrella.’
      • ‘For the non-alcoholic drinkers, he says, he is always ready with a rock shandy.’
      • ‘In retirement, gardening was his forte and he was truly a master of his craft, always ready with advice and assistance.’
      • ‘In this section of the book we also have repeated evidence that Hewitt is all too often ready with a quick sneer.’
      • ‘Thus he was always ready with delightful quotations, and these brightened our hours of work.’
      • ‘He was also a wonderful neighbour and was always ready with a helping hand when needed.’
      • ‘Separate or joined, however, I was always ready with a defensive counterblast.’
      • ‘He was an irritatingly cheerful son of a bitch too, always ready with a hearty smile and a playful slap on the back.’
      • ‘A pair of dubious eyes are cast my way, but by this time I'm ready with the excuse.’
    3. 1.3In need of or having a desire for.
      ‘I expect you're ready for a drink’
      • ‘We can't go for a simple walk without her being tooled up and ready for an easy blag.’
      • ‘She is now fighting fit and ready for the challenges thrown up by her new parish.’
      • ‘It will also be a test for the authority, which has now rolled up its sleeves ready for a fight.’
      • ‘However by late afternoon, we were back at the campsite and ready for a much needed onsen.’
      • ‘After our exertions, we were ready for a bite to eat and there was no shortage of choices.’
      • ‘Sunday we crawled out of bed severely hung over and to the airport ready for our trip home.’
      • ‘The world was ready for it and the smaller rock bands were ripe for this convention.’
      • ‘My teenage daughter has passed her driving test and was ready for her first car.’
      • ‘This is one cat who is always ready for a cuddle from anyone willing to offer one.’
      • ‘Madonna has said that she is ready for her third child in an interview with People magazine.’
      • ‘He is a likeable kitchen worker, who is always ready for a hand of cards or an illicit cake.’
      • ‘It would be the best solution for the non-smoker but I don't know if we are ready for it.’
      • ‘The nights are drawing in, but you may not be ready for big cardigans and bowls of plum crumble just yet.’
      • ‘Elvis may have left the musical arena, but Tom was in fine voice and ready for action.’
      • ‘That filled out the rest of my day, kept me up far too late, and I'm ready for my bed.’
      • ‘I'd think that in a year or so, he will be ready for a domestic title fight but I would not rush him.’
      • ‘The next day I came back to work truly rested and ready for anything the world could throw at me.’
      • ‘We were jam packed into the theatre and the crowd was certainly ready for a great night.’
      • ‘On the evidence of the past year, Lambe seems ready for anything the stage can throw at her.’
      • ‘This time he did not quite enjoy an armchair ride but he was ready for anything that came his way.’
  • 2[with infinitive] Willing or eager to do something.

    ‘she is ready to die for her political convictions’
    • ‘But I was always ready to experience something new, so I agreed to hostess.’
    • ‘The school is now fully equipped and ready to strive for excellence in the world of information technology.’
    • ‘Their writing is taking them in a new direction that they are fully prepared for and ready to embrace.’
    • ‘He was always ready to make himself available, accepting a series of neat passes from the midfield and ever keen to take the direct route to goal.’
    • ‘In any case, all is well on the frontline again and I think I am just about fully recovered and ready to rock and roll this weekend.’
    • ‘Then the magic of working close to home really kicked in as I got home before 5pm feeling none too tired, ready and able to do something.’
    • ‘There was something of an evangelical awakening going on at this time, and the people of this region were ready to participate fully in the debates.’
    • ‘The most important factor is the open and friendly staff who are always ready to serve and eager to please.’
    • ‘You display leadership qualities and are unafraid, ready to face professional competition or rivalry.’
    • ‘So we take more than a passing interest in this masterplan and are certainly ready to play our part in bringing new life and learning right into the heart of the city.’
    • ‘A senior official of a top company said IT firms were ready to face any situation.’
    • ‘Doubts resolved, he is now committed, eager and ready to take up the challenge.’
    • ‘I had done my homework, and it's no coincidence that I have a fully briefed legal team ready to go.’
    • ‘But only 28 percent said they were ready to limit their consumption of domestic poultry.’
    • ‘The southern Sudanese are eager and ready to provide the balance of forces.’
    • ‘There had to be about 100 girls in this crowd, each one of them eager and ready to go to the palace.’
    • ‘Now get ready for good times, as we're ready to unveil our three newest rides for the 2003 year!’
    • ‘But the courts are ready, willing and able to deal with highly secretive and sensitive evidence.’
    • ‘Thus, the child can develop into a multi-faceted personality eager and ready to face the world.’
    • ‘There are marvellous younger people, all over the world, ready and willing, capable and energetic.’
    willing, prepared, pleased, inclined, agreeable, disposed, predisposed, minded, of a mind, in the mood, apt, prone, given, likely
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    1. 2.1In such a condition as to be likely to do something.
      ‘by the time he arrived he was ready to drop’
      • ‘After eleven and a half hours, I was pretty much ready to drop.’
      • ‘In the morning he'd looked as though he were ready to drop down dead while I felt oddly refreshed.’
      • ‘Cara looked ready to drop dead on the spot, especially when Emil leaned over to inspect it.’
      • ‘It was nearly three in the morning and he looked ready to drop from exhaustion.’
      • ‘I began to fume as I was ready to drop from tiredness, but I couldn't say anything because the people there were really nice.’
      • ‘We walked and talked to voters till we both were ready to drop.’
      • ‘His horse looked ready to drop, and lines of worry and a sleepless night crossed his face.’
      • ‘Sure enough, I was ready to drop at five o'clock, returned to bed and fell instantly to sleep.’
      • ‘It looked like you were ready to drop after a couple of hours there.’
      • ‘Anyone would think that they would be worn out and ready to hand the reins of the grand tours over to their heirs.’
      • ‘If there is another agency which is lending money at better interest rates and with better conditions, I am ready to shift.’
      • ‘I was ready to drop from lack of sleep, so we proceeded home.’
      • ‘By 3pm they were ready to drop and headed home laden with bargains.’
      • ‘Austria felt a great deal of loyalty to him and was ready to hand him the victory to prevent Germany from eliminating him.’
      • ‘He interrogated him, seeming almost ready to explode in a fit of rage at any second.’
      • ‘His face was purplish and he looked quite ready to explode.’
      • ‘After getting a jump-lead start from the police, they drove back to St James's, ready to drop.’
      • ‘The man behind the mask is called upon to catch pitches fired at blazing speed until his hands are ready to drop off.’
      about to, on the point of, on the verge of, on the brink of, close to, as if one is going to, in danger of, liable to, likely to
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  • 3Easily available or obtained; within reach.

    ‘there was a ready supply of drink’
    ‘the murderer knew that the mallet would be ready to hand’
    • ‘Before the game have the cheeses and pasta measured out and ready to hand.’
    • ‘There is in our experience a ready availability of accommodation at our disposal locally in Birmingham.’
    • ‘I had the need to learn commercial computing fast, and my back catalogue of poems gave me a ready to hand source of interesting data.’
    • ‘What's ready to hand is not the very pulse of intuition but a hardened and socially-astute response.’
    • ‘The ready availability of skilled personnel was another factor in their decision to relocate.’
    • ‘Neil meanwhile insists that this is what the users say they want; they want to be able to carry all of their stuff around and have it ready to hand.’
    • ‘World Health Organisation experts stressed the ready availability of iodine tablets is crucial in the event of a nuclear accident.’
    • ‘There is ready access to resources for prayer, Bible study, and research at the click of a mouse.’
    • ‘Hence time becomes worldly, world-time, a time within which everything present at hand or ready to hand has its place.’
    • ‘Most modern Greek wine finds a ready market within Greece, where the appreciation of good wine has increased considerably.’
    • ‘There are two kinds of alarm for sale and both need to be kept ready to hand (eg in a pocket) when and where personal security could be at risk.’
    • ‘He invited us to sit on the only seating that was ready to hand in his office.’
    available, to be had, in circulation, on the market, on offer, in season, at one's disposal, at hand, gettable, procurable, securable, acquirable, realizable, accessible, achievable, attainable
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    1. 3.1[attributive]Immediate, quick, or prompt.
      ‘those who have ready access to the arts’
      ‘a girl with a ready smile’
      • ‘The problem was that after a few days all that information was pretty much lost to me because there was no ready way to access it.’
      • ‘Many people lack ready access to computer technologies and the Internet's information and communication resources.’
      • ‘He will be remembered for his ready smile, quiet humour and his true gentlemanly qualities.’
      • ‘With her doctorate in medieval history, and a quick and ready mind, Pam would be no slouch herself under questioning.’
      • ‘He was young, bright, fair, full of life, with an open smile and a ready, quick wit.’
      • ‘He had a quick and ready wit and a mischievous sense of humour.’
      • ‘Many of these offices provide essential services for small communities who do not have ready access to urban centres.’
      • ‘A provincial premier has ready access to any number of learned advisors.’
      • ‘A cheerful and obliging man, his ready smile was a true indication of his gentle character.’
      • ‘He was the first to refuse a papal coronation in favour of a simple inaugural service, and was liked for his ready smiles and warm personality.’
      • ‘A woman with a smile as ready as it is warm, Ann has all the motherly charms of a village matchmaker.’
      • ‘That's no problem for places such as St Raphael's, that has ready access to Yale's medical students.’
      • ‘The combustible fusion of imperialism abroad, fear-mongering at home, and ready access to firearms has ensured this.’
      • ‘We will miss her ready smile, her sparkling blue eyes and her witness.’
      • ‘We all know and loved Angela, who always had a chat and a ready smile.’
      • ‘The nurses all had a ready smile and nothing was too much trouble.’
      • ‘After all, they're the ones who will have most ready access to the drugs if and when they are ever developed and marketed.’
      • ‘Those who have seen her at numerous events in Bangalore remember her warm nature, ready wit and charming smile.’
      • ‘There are lots of reasons why non-legal professionals may need this sort of ready access to the law as at a historical date.’
      • ‘Another problem is the ready access to alcohol from a nearby bottle shop.’
      easily available, available, accessible
      prompt, quick, rapid, swift, speedy, fast, immediate, unhesitating
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  • [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.’
    • ‘However I did buy one of those ready prepared joints of meat in a tin foil dish in Iceland to shove in the oven.’
    • ‘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.’


  • Available money; cash.

    • ‘The sports minister will take possession of it shortly and will then go cap-in-hand to the new finance minister looking for the readies to fund the project.’
    • ‘And if you do want to take your spending power in readies, what's wrong with sterling?’
    • ‘It's the recurring question constantly spouted out by dance students who have to cough up readies to fund dance courses.’
    • ‘To top it all off, they've also secured the readies required to fund the development of their new stadium at Ashburton Grove, which should be ready for the start of the 2006/07 season.’
    • ‘They, somehow, made readies available to keep their friend in the style to which he had become accustomed.’
    • ‘The major stumbling block is getting the readies to put it on a stage.’
    • ‘While the film has attracted several offers, sponsors did not come up with the readies until recently.’
    • ‘So let's see some of the readies in Keighley for a change.’
    • ‘Large numbers of consumers and small businesses swap software, and they're not about to stump up the readies to convert their current unlicensed software to full product.’
    • ‘Because I haven't got the readies to hand, I could offer a pittance now and promise to pay the rest at a date more to my convenience.’
    cash, hard cash, ready money
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  • Prepare for an action or purpose.

    ‘the spare transformer was readied for shipment’
    [with object and infinitive] ‘she readied herself to speak first’
    • ‘For now he sits outside that room, in a kind of waiting area, readying himself.’
    • ‘Today my task is going to be readying our apartment for this party we're having tonight.’
    • ‘Am I talking as a way of coming to terms with the past, attempting to clarify the present and readying myself for the future?’
    • ‘Rick readied his weapon and prepared to jump out as soon as the barrage of bullets had stopped.’
    • ‘They readied themselves to demand it, and they prepared to pay the price.’
    • ‘The latter, in turn, with a gleam in their eyes, have set on the task of readying their nets for a venture that could bring them a big catch.’
    • ‘Internet software and hardware enablers specialize in readying a company's systems for the Internet.’
    • ‘The American government is readying itself - and the world - for action.’
    • ‘The resulting work is a super-sized bug that is readying itself for battle.’
    • ‘With the same careful preparation as the previous week he readied himself for his next meeting with Myra.’
    • ‘It may sound like the voice of someone readying themselves for a downward swing in work, a shift into the slow lane.’
    • ‘And seeking to be bigger, it is supposed to be readying itself for an initial public offering.’
    • ‘Preparation of a descriptive memorandum is a major step in readying your business for market.’
    • ‘As a starting point, we are readying our house here in Lincolnshire for the market, planning to sell it and move elsewhere.’
    • ‘Going by the jostling crowd at the venue, Delhiites seem to be readying themselves for the coming wedding season.’
    • ‘Although the room was not operational, officers were readying themselves.’
    • ‘It's the trail of a group remarkably skilled at regenerating and always readying itself for the next attack.’
    • ‘Their activity picked up and they began putting explosives into bags and readying their weapons.’
    • ‘The timetable may simply reflect a realistic assessment of the complexity of readying the bank for a public offering.’
    • ‘Go to Esfahan now and it's as if the whole city were forever readying itself for an impromptu royal visit.’
    prepare, get ready, make ready, organize, equip, put together, fix
    prime, set
    gear oneself up, arm oneself
    psych oneself up
    gird oneself, gird up one's loins
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  • at the ready

    • Prepared or available for immediate use.

      ‘the men walk with their guns at the ready’
      • ‘So I'm just sitting here waiting for it all to print, guillotine and double-sided sticky tape at the ready.’
      • ‘Unusually, the soldiers were down and walking around, guns at the ready.’
      • ‘It's one thing to have opportunities at the ready, but making sure your target audience knows about them is just as important.’
      • ‘They sit and eavesdrop on every turn with spare batteries at the ready in their sweaty laps.’
      • ‘Already she has paid a publicity visit, with personal assistant Vicky by her side as ever, and make-up magic at the ready.’
      • ‘The ubiquitous large tray with sweets and tidbits was at the ready and freshly brewed Chinese tea was wheeled in.’
      • ‘That includes proper documentation and a severance package at the ready.’
      • ‘Sandbags were put at the ready, hotel furniture and office equipment were removed to higher floors and safety signage was put up.’
      • ‘Riding shotgun is a team mechanic, at the ready should a driver need a quick fix.’
      • ‘But there to greet them on the main bridge was the fearless firemen, with hoses at the ready.’
      • ‘Having your phone at the ready or tapping away constantly gives rise to what experts are calling infomania.’
      • ‘Now I will proceed to impart several of my many reasons for having it loaded and at the ready.’
      • ‘We were prepared, with hoses, buckets and tubs at the ready, gutters blocked and filled with water.’
      • ‘A dedicated group of organisers are always at the ready to help a new cause, and Marueen is one of that special group.’
      • ‘Two attendants stand at the ready beside him, while another lies prostrate at his feet.’
      • ‘I sit back on my haunches, knife held at the ready in front of me.’
      in position, poised, ready for use, ready for action, waiting
      all systems go
      on deck
      easily available, available, accessible
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  • make ready

    • Prepare.

      ‘they were told to make ready for the journey home’
      • ‘She wasn't there; the assistant principal was, but he was in the library helping make ready for a book sale.’
      • ‘In the fields, grass-land management work is making ready for the first cut of silage which will help see animals through winter.’
      • ‘They spent till midday tying down and securing the lines, making ready to go on land, and preparing for a quick getaway if need be.’
      • ‘It is a period of 40 days set aside in preparation and making ready for the Festival of Easter.’
      • ‘Okay, they're clearing out the library and making ready for the party.’
      • ‘Orders were issued almost immediately to prepare for the invasion of Sicily, and the division made ready for its second amphibious operation of the war.’
      • ‘All preparations continued in sequence, and I was making ready to leave, when another party arrived.’
      • ‘The contenders are clearing the decks and making ready to do battle.’
      • ‘It is now our own fires that must be controlled, understood, organized and made ready to confront and conquer whatever awaits us.’
      • ‘Then, they gathered their tools together and made ready to perform their conjuring.’
      prepare, get ready, organize, equip, put together, fix
      prime, set
      gear oneself up, arm oneself
      psych oneself up
      gird oneself, gird up one's loins
      prepare, make preparations, make provisions, get everything ready, take the necessary steps, do the necessary, gear up for
      gear oneself up
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  • ready, steady, go (also north americanready, set, go)

    • Used to announce the beginning of a race.

      • ‘Ready, steady, go! As the teams line up for the new season, we run the rule over all the contenders in our comprehensive championship preview.’
      • ‘Set up volunteering - ready, set, go! Setting the centres up before Christmas.’


Middle English: from Old English rǣde (from a Germanic base meaning ‘arrange, prepare’; related to Dutch gereed) + -y.