Ready meaning

rĕdē
Mentally disposed; willing.

He was ready to believe her.

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Prompt in apprehending or reacting.

A ready intelligence; a ready response.

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The definition of ready is a person or thing that is available or likely to do something.

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.

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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.

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Likely or about to do something.

She is ready to retire.

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Clever and skillful mentally or physically; dexterous.

A ready wit.

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To get or make ready; prepare.
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Available.

Ready money.

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Prepared or equipped to act or be used immediately.

Ready to go, ready for occupancy.

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Unhesitant; willing.

A ready worker.

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Done or made without delay; prompt.

A ready reply.

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Convenient or handy to use; available immediately.

Ready cash.

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At hand; present: a response to a roll call.
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Ready money; cash at hand.
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Prepared for immediate action or use.

The troops are ready for battle.

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Inclined; apt to happen.
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Liable at any moment.

The seed is ready to sprout.

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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.

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Offering itself at once; at hand; opportune; convenient.
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To make prepared for action.
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(slang) Ready money; cash.
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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.

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To cause to be ready.
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at the ready
  • Available for immediate use:.
    Soldiers with machine guns at the ready; students with notebooks at the ready.
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make ready
  • To make preparations.
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at the ready
  • In a position or state of being prepared for immediate use.
    To hold a gun at the ready.
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make ready
  • To prepare; get in order.
  • To dress.
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Origin of ready

  • Middle English redy from Old English rǣde reidh- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English redy, redi, rædiȝ, iredi, ȝerÇ£di, alteration (+"Ž -y) of earlier irÄ“d, irede, ȝerād (“ready, prepared"), from Old English rÇ£de, Ä¡erÇ£de (also Ä¡erȳde) ("prepared, prompt, ready, ready for riding (horse), mounted (on a horse), skilled, simple, easy"), from Proto-Germanic *garaidijaz (“ready"), from Proto-Indo-European *rÄ“idh-, *rÄ“i- (“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 𐌲𐌰𐍂𐌰𐌹𐌸𐍃 (garaiþs, “arranged, ordered").

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