Definition of make ready in US English:

make ready


  • Prepare.

    ‘they were told to make ready for the journey home’
    • ‘In the fields, grass-land management work is making ready for the first cut of silage which will help see animals through winter.’
    • ‘All preparations continued in sequence, and I was making ready to leave, when another party arrived.’
    • ‘It is now our own fires that must be controlled, understood, organized and made ready to confront and conquer whatever awaits us.’
    • ‘It is a period of 40 days set aside in preparation and making ready for the Festival of Easter.’
    • ‘Then, they gathered their tools together and made ready to perform their conjuring.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The contenders are clearing the decks and making ready to do battle.’
    • ‘Okay, they're clearing out the library and making ready for the party.’
    • ‘She wasn't there; the assistant principal was, but he was in the library helping make ready for a book sale.’
    prepare, make preparations, make provisions, get everything ready, take the necessary steps, do the necessary, gear up for
    prepare, get ready, organize, equip, put together, fix
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