- 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.
ready definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle 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
ready definition by American Heritage Dictionary
adjective read·i·er, read·i·est
- 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.
Origin: Middle English redy, from Old English rǣde; see reidh- in Indo-European roots.
- readˈi·ness noun
ready - Phrases/Idioms
at the ready
- to prepare; get in order
- to dress
at the ready