He was ready to believe her.
A ready intelligence; a ready response.
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.
I am ready to work. The soup will be ready in a minute. The pupils are ready to learn to read.
She is ready to retire.
A ready wit.
Ready to go, ready for occupancy.
A ready worker.
A ready reply.
The troops are ready for battle.
A ready apprehension; ready wit; a ready writer or workman.
An example of ready is taking a ticket out of your wallet to hand over at the concert.
- Available for immediate use:.Soldiers with machine guns at the ready; students with notebooks at the ready.
- To make preparations.
- In a position or state of being prepared for immediate use.To hold a gun at the ready.
- To prepare; get in order.
- To dress.
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, rÃ¦diÈ, iredi, ÈerÇ£di, alteration (+"Ž -y) of earlier irÄ“d, irede, ÈerÄd (“ready, prepared"), 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 (“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 greiÃ°ur (“easy, light"), Gothic ðŒ²ðŒ°ð‚ðŒ°ðŒ¹ðŒ¸ðƒ (garaiÃ¾s, “arranged, ordered").