- 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, rædiȝ, iredi, ȝerǣdi, alteration (+ -y) of earlier irēd, irede, ȝerād (“ready, prepared”), from Old English rǣde, ġerǣde (also ġerȳde) ("prepared, prompt, ready, ready for riding (horse), mounted (on a horse), skilled, simple, easy"), from Proto-Germanic *garaidijaz (“ready”), from Proto-Indo-European *rēidh-, *rēi- (“to count, put in order, arrange, make comfortable”) and also probably conflated with Proto-Indo-European *reidh- (“to ride”) in the sense of "set to ride, able or fit to go, ready". Cognate with Scots readie, reddy (“ready, prepared”), West Frisian ree (“ready”), Dutch gereed (“ready”), German bereit (“ready”), Danish rede (“ready”), Swedish redo (“ready, fit, prepared”), Icelandic greiður (“easy, light”), Gothic (garaiþs, “arranged, ordered”).