- The definition of ready is a person or thing that is available or likely to do something, or prepared to take action.
- An example of ready is a person waiting to the leave the house.
- An exampe of ready is a cat just about to attack a bird.
- Ready is defined as to prepare or make available.
An example of ready is taking a ticket out of your wallet to hand over at the concert.
This man is ready for an emergency.
- prepared or equipped to act or be used immediately: ready to go, ready for occupancy
- unhesitant; willing: a ready worker
- likely or liable immediately: ready to cry
- apt; inclined: always ready to blame others
- clever and skillful mentally or physically; dexterous: a ready wit
- done or made without delay; prompt: a ready reply
- convenient or handy to use; available immediately: ready cash
- Obsolete at hand; present: a response to a roll call
Origin of readyMiddle English redie ; from Old English ræde, ready, prepared (for riding), akin to ridan, to ride, German bereit, ready, Old Norse greithr, prepared, Gothic garaiths, arranged: for Indo-European base see ride
at the ready
- to prepare; get in order
- to dress
- Prepared or available for service, action, or progress: I am ready to work. The soup will be ready in a minute. The pupils are ready to learn to read.
- Mentally disposed; willing: He was ready to believe her.
- Likely or about to do something: She is ready to retire.
- Prompt in apprehending or reacting: a ready intelligence; a ready response.
- Available: ready money.
transitive verbread·ied, read·y·ing, read·ies
Origin of readyMiddle English redy, from Old English r&aemac;de; see reidh- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative readier, superlative readiest)
- Prepared for immediate action or use.
- The troops are ready for battle.
- Inclined; apt to happen.
- Liable at any moment.
- The seed is ready to sprout.
- Not slow or hesitating; quick in action or perception of any kind; dexterous; prompt; easy; expert.
- a ready apprehension; ready wit; a ready writer or workman
- Offering itself at once; at hand; opportune; convenient.
(third-person singular simple present readies, present participle readying, simple past and past participle readied)
- To make prepared for action.
(countable and uncountable, plural readies)
- (slang) ready money; cash
From Middle English redy, redi, rÃ¦diÈ, iredi, ÈerÇ£di, alteration (+â€Ž -y) of earlier irÄ“d, irede, ÈerÄd (â€œready, preparedâ€), from Old English rÇ£de, Ä¡erÇ£de (also Ä¡erÈ³de) ("prepared, prompt, ready, ready for riding (horse), mounted (on a horse), skilled, simple, easy"), from Proto-Germanic *garaidijaz (â€œreadyâ€), from Proto-Indo-European *rÄ“idh-, *rÄ“i- (â€œto count, put in order, arrange, make comfortableâ€) and also probably conflated with Proto-Indo-European *reidh- (â€œto rideâ€) in the sense of "set to ride, able or fit to go, ready". Cognate with Scots readie, reddy (â€œready, preparedâ€), West Frisian ree (â€œreadyâ€), Dutch gereed (â€œreadyâ€), German bereit (â€œreadyâ€), Danish rede (â€œreadyâ€), Swedish redo (â€œready, fit, preparedâ€), Icelandic greiÃ°ur (â€œeasy, lightâ€), Gothic ðŒ²ðŒ°ð‚ðŒ°ðŒ¹ðŒ¸ðƒ (garaiÃ¾s, â€œarranged, orderedâ€).