- enPR: rĕd'i, IPA: /ˈɹɛdi/, X-SAMPA: /"r\Edi/
- Homophone: reddy
- Rhymes: Rhymes: -ɛdi
- Hyphenation: read‧y
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 gereit ( “ready” ), Danish rede ( “ready” ), Swedish redo ( “ready, fit, prepared” ), Icelandic greiður ( “easy, light” ), Gothic ( garaiþs, “arranged, ordered” ). Non-Germanic cognates include Albanian rend ( “row, order, run, ride” ) .
Explanation of ready by Wordnet Dictionary
- a ready wit
- dinner is ready
- get ready
- she is ready to resign
- the bridge is ready to collapse
- I am ready to work
- ready for action
- ready for use
- the soup will be ready in a minute
- ready to learn to read
- Ready ( rĕd ), a. [Compar. Readier ( rĕdĭẽr ); superl. Readiest.] [AS. rǣde; akin to D. gereed, bereid, G. bereit, Goth. garáids fixed, arranged, and possibly to E. ride, as meaning originally, prepared for riding. Cf. Array, 1st Curry.]
1. Prepared for what one is about to do or experience; equipped or supplied with what is needed for some act or event; prepared for immediate movement or action; as, “the troops are ready to march; ready for the journey.” “When she redy was.” Chaucer.
2. Fitted or arranged for immediate use; causing no delay for lack of being prepared or furnished. “Dinner was ready.” Fielding.
My oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage. Matt. xxii. 4.
3. Prepared in mind or disposition; not reluctant; willing; free; inclined; disposed.
I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem, for the name of the Lord Jesus. Acts xxi. 13.
If need be, I am ready to forego
And quit. Milton.
4. Not slow or hesitating; quick in action or perception of any kind; dexterous; prompt; easy; expert; as, “a ready apprehension; ready wit; a ready writer or workman.” “Ready in devising expedients.” Macaulay.
Gurth, whose temper was ready, though surly. Sir W. Scott.
5. Offering itself at once; at hand; opportune; convenient; near; easy. “The readiest way.” Milton.
A sapling pine he wrenched from out the ground,
The readiest weapon that his fury found. Dryden.
6. On the point; about; on the brink; near; -- with a following infinitive.
My heart is ready to crack. Shak.
7. ( Mil. ) A word of command, or a position, in the manual of arms, at which the piece is cocked and held in position to execute promptly the next command, which is, aim.
All ready, ready in every particular; wholly equipped or prepared. “[I] am all redy at your hest.” Chaucer. -- Ready money, means of immediate payment; cash. “'T is all the ready money fate can give.” Cowley. -- Ready reckoner, a book of tables for facilitating computations, as of interest, prices, etc. -- To make ready, to make preparation; to get in readiness.
Syn. -- Prompt; expeditious; speedy; unhesitating; dexterous; apt; skillful; handy; expert; facile; easy; opportune; fitted; prepared; disposed; willing; free; cheerful. See Prompt.
- Ready ( rĕd ), adv. In a state of preparation for immediate action; so as to need no delay.
We ourselves will go ready armed. Num. xxxii. 17.
- Ready, n. Ready money; cash; -- commonly with the; as, “he was well supplied with the ready”. [Slang]
Lord Strut was not flush in ready, either to go to law, or to clear old debts. Arbuthnot.
- Ready, v. t. To dispose in order. [Obs.] Heywood.
Definition of ready by GCIDE Dictionary