Definition of ready-made in English:



  • 1Made to a standard size or specification rather than to order.

    ‘a range of ready-made curtains’
    • ‘Women could even order them ready-made from the company catalogue.’
    • ‘Manufacturers offer ready-made mantels in a variety of sizes as well as custom-size units.’
    • ‘The ready-made curtains that could adorn the walls of living rooms are an added attraction.’
    • ‘The store also has a small retail component with ready-made frames, prints and beveled mirrors.’
    • ‘The surprise is that it's so easy to make: You start with an unfinished bookcase - whatever size suits your purpose - and acid a pair of ready-made louvered shutters.’
    • ‘Also, order a good supply of ready-made frames and small gift items to accommodate last-minute and impulse gift purchases, advised these framers.’
    • ‘It was like they were placing an order for a ready-made product.’
    • ‘Wrought iron and upholstered furniture, made-to-measure and ready-made curtains and a wide range of fabrics are all found in the company's new brochure.’
    • ‘His mother has no alternative, but stitch his clothes as ready-made clothes are not available.’
    • ‘Patterns are available for women who wish to sew their own, and there are also ready-made ones available, though they are not widely distributed.’
    • ‘In the twentieth century, although traditional made-to-measure tailoring persisted everywhere at higher social levels, the ready-made suit became the standard public costume of the modern ordinary man.’
    • ‘Choosing their own fabric rather than buying a ready-made drapery also enables homeowners to make coordinating cushions or to cover a chair with the same material.’
    • ‘For this cost we could have just got a standard ready-made home where our neighbours would be just five metres away.’
    • ‘You're always guaranteed a perfect fit and more often than not, you'll get superior fabric rather than that of a similarly priced, ready-made overcoat.’
    • ‘While the availability of woven textiles increased ready-made cotton or flannel shirts and drawers for urban consumers, hand knitting of socks and stockings continued to be the norm in rural areas.’
    • ‘We manufacture the most complete line of standard ready-made mats and custom-cut bulk mats.’
    • ‘This company manufactures ready-made garments under several international brands.’
    • ‘We ordered ours ready-made from a storage supplies catalog, but you could cover plain ones purchased from a crafts store.’
    • ‘She's created a portable design center for her ready-made mats, pre-made wood frames and patented deep-beveled faux fillet middles.’
    • ‘The preference had been for a ready-made building rather than a green-field site that could have set the operation back a number of years.’
    ready to wear, off the shelf
    pre-cooked, oven-ready, tv, frozen, convenience
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    1. 1.1 Available immediately; not needing to be specially created or devised.
      ‘we have no ready-made answers’
      • ‘Rather a kind of idiosyncratic ordering has been sought in relation to the place and task, as opposed to the ready-made orders of type and technique.’
      • ‘If Kris does eventually leave we have a ready-made replacement in Colin Nish.’
      • ‘In addition, mastery of the subject does not imply a memorization of ready-made formulas or methodological recommendations, but rather a logical understanding of the material.’
      • ‘The invisible components of civil society, whose extent is largely unknown, consist of those who prefer a personal rather than a ready-made set of values, people who never speak up, and people who admittedly do not want to be bothered.’
      • ‘Treat Islam as a fountain of values that guide conduct rather than a system of ready-made solutions to problems.’
      • ‘Transplants are a romantic, ready-made melodrama for the sort of medicine that shows hospitals at their best, how we'd like them to be, but they are also a minute percentage of health-service operations.’
      • ‘In finding a solution to the problems faced by Muslims today, they have some apologetic claims, standard and ready-made answers.’
      • ‘It claims in 70 per cent of cases it was cheaper to book your flights and hotel separately rather than opt for a ready-made package trip and the average saving was 26 per cent.’
      • ‘You could have lots of information there and then redirect them to your ready-made website for ordering, or company video or program details.’
      • ‘I suppose if you built a house on the land, you would have a ready-made wine cellar.’
      • ‘It's just a ready-made way of feeling grand about an issue that we don't actually have to do anything about’.’
      • ‘It's not a ready-made audience, which means people listen because they want to.’
      • ‘Basically, under mandatory sentencing legislation, judges and magistrates have no discretion; they merely impose the legislature's ready-made sentence.’
      • ‘In this method, researchers inject ready-made antibodies, rather than the antigen, into the animal.’
      • ‘Rather than going for ready-made ski packages, it appears many people now prefer the flexibility of organising flights, hire car and accommodation independently over the internet.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, software development has not progressed to the point where ready-made modules are available to order and combined to create your software.’
      • ‘For prospective customers who find the amount of choice to be overwhelming, the site will offer seven ready-made lists of songs associated with specific characters.’
      • ‘Perhaps more importantly in the long run, the man with the plan for British farming sees the traditional agricultural show as a ready-made vehicle for spreading British agriculture's bright new message.’
      • ‘What I saw and heard there was nothing short of inspirational and, for an incoming minister committed to raising standards, a ready-made concept to grab hold of.’
      • ‘Perhaps this was because the English had a ready-made model of settler self-governing institutions dating from English emigration to Wales and Ireland.’
    2. 1.2 (of food) sold ready or almost ready to be served.
      ‘a ready-made Christmas cake’
      • ‘Make sure all ready-made foods are piping hot throughout before eating, as they are also a listeria risk.’
      • ‘At least 75 per cent of our salt is found in processed foods such as ready-made meals, some breads and breakfast cereals, meat pies, soups, sauces, and cheese.’
      • ‘You can buy this ready-made and frozen, and just fry it.’
      • ‘Nowadays there are several ready-made custards available that you could use.’
      • ‘The hospital - one of the leading cancer treatment centres in the country - was supplied with two types of ready-made meals for a reception vending machine, which have now had to be withdrawn.’
      • ‘And if you were wondering whether there is something better about ready-made pastry to justify its higher price point over frozen, the answer is no.’
      • ‘I am proud of my first attempt at real Italian cooking for the simple reason that it did not involve opening jars of ready-made sauce and popping garlic bread in the oven.’
      • ‘On some occasions, she said, ‘we not only have to give food to those affected by the virus, but we cook for them and deliver ready-made food.’’
      • ‘It is to do with thinking about diet and planning money instead of buying ready-made food such as pies and chips.’
      • ‘Some of the premium ranges were lower in fat and salt than the standard versions, proving that manufacturers can produce tasty ready-made food with less salt and fat.’
      • ‘For the same reason we purchase any other ready-made food, says Goudie - convenience.’
      • ‘The main meal is now eaten in the evening and is likely to consist of frozen or ready-made food.’
      • ‘Stock your pantry and freezer with soups, meatless burgers, and ready-made pizzas for quick meals.’
      • ‘In fact, I feel strongly that if ready-made cocktails are not going to stick to the classic formula they should choose another name.’
      • ‘For the weight of taking ready-made food, oxygen and water to survive a 1,000 day mission by a six person crew will be 30 tons, which rises to 120 tons when water for washing is added.’
      • ‘Ward against listeriosis by avoiding blue-veined, mould-ripened cheeses, pâtés, ready-made salads and soft-whip ice creams until the birth.’
      • ‘It's cheaper than buying ready-made jars, can be made in bulk and frozen and you know exactly what the ingredients are.’
      • ‘Despite the uncertainties of the crisis, last year was also the time that Mrs Bell branched out into preparing ready-made meals, a venture which she modestly confesses proved a ‘popular success’.’
      • ‘What I wanted was a ready-made snack food that tasted like French fries… and obviously, the package before me proved that this was still and perhaps forever beyond the reach of Science.’
      • ‘Every year, thousands of tonnes of perishable goods, from cellophane-wrapped chickens to cardboard-encased ready-made pizzas, end up in the bin.’


usually ready-mades
  • 1A ready-made article.

    ‘he smokes ready-mades now’
    • ‘Much as those times were good, gone are they, for this is the age of ready-mades.’
    • ‘Next, they eliminated most ready-mades from the inventory, removed many of the lower-end samples from the wall and replaced them with higher-end framing products.’
    • ‘It is worthwhile pausing momentarily to consider these linguistic ready-mades, these formulaic sentiments.’
    • ‘Those difficult to fit with ready-mades will have found what they want at this store.’
    • ‘These ready-mades from Richworth are also excellent baits.’
    • ‘It's a natural that a frame shop would carry ready-mades, said Wieder, but carry something unique that your customers won't see at a department store.’
    • ‘These stars were ready-mades and fabrications, individuals off the street, and yet performing their own individuality as a mask, a style, a pseudonym, and a personality.’
    • ‘The company also offers complete lines of matboard, glass, ready-mades and supplies.’
    • ‘It offers chop and length service, warehouses' ready-mades and publishes a catalog.’
    • ‘To add to the list, the company, which has been offering simple, elegant, and affordable ready-mades, designed specifically for the Indian woman, will open its outlet in Bangalore on Thursday.’
    • ‘The ‘desi’ khadi varieties, both ready-mades and suitings, are also in good demand.’
    • ‘For those who have put off their shopping till the very last minute, designer-wear ready-mades are ideal to help celebrate the joyous festival in fashion.’
    • ‘If you want to give a cushion or a bag and don't have time to knit it, there is a ready-made service available as well.’
    • ‘A new line of ready-mades is newly available from, a company with offices in Minneapolis.’
    1. 1.1 (especially in Dadaism) a mass-produced article selected by an artist and displayed as a work of art.
      ‘I would recommend restraint in the production of ready-mades’
      • ‘Apart from Marcel Duchamp's first ready-made, a bicycle wheel on a stool from 1919, how many art images of bicycles can you think of?’
      • ‘These sculptures incorporate modified ready-mades and use low-tech equipment to create an atmosphere filled with tension, danger and amusements.’
      • ‘In fact we might say that at first sight the Institutional Theory is practically required by Duchamp's first unassisted ready-made.’
      • ‘As surely as it was a prank, this work was also, like the other ready-mades, a calculated attack on the most basic conventions of art.’
      • ‘Young describes his piano as ‘a ready-made that needed to be celebrated for its intrinsic peculiarities‘.’
      • ‘Instead of questioning the possibility of a perfect ready-made within the Balkan context, Vangeli has posed the question of fabricating.’
      • ‘Although her professional career began with her writing on ready-mades, collages and kinetic art, the idea of a novel was lodged from an early age.’
      • ‘He put out his ready-mades, his glass brides and chocolate-machine bachelors, his urinal, and so on; art could no longer speak as it had spoken before.’
      • ‘Commercially printed ready-mades are also the basis for a mesmerizing video.’
      • ‘In keeping with the homage, this work is a ready-made of sorts - a chair transformed into a rosebush with roses cut from a gardening book.’