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Meaning of ready by Wiktionary Dictionary



    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” ) .


    • enPR: rĕd'i, IPA: /ˈɹɛdi/, X-SAMPA: /"r\Edi/
    • Homophone: reddy
      Rhymes: Rhymes: -ɛdi
    • Hyphenation: read‧y


    ready ( comparative readier, superlative readiest )

    1. Prepared for immediate action or use .
      The troops are ready for battle .
    2. Inclined; apt to happen .
    3. Liable at any moment .
      The seed is ready to sprout .


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Explanation of ready by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. make ready or suitable or equip in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event, etc

    2. Get the children ready for school!
    3. prepare for eating by applying heat

    1. ( of especially money ) immediately available

    2. he seems to have ample ready money
      a ready source of cash
    3. apprehending and responding with speed and sensitivity

    4. a ready wit
    5. made suitable and available for immediate use

    6. dinner is ready
    7. completely prepared or in condition for immediate action or use or progress

    8. 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
    9. mentally disposed

    10. he was ready to believe her
    1. poised for action

    2. their guns were at the ready

    Definition of ready by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. 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.

    2. 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.

    3. 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.

    4. Ready, v. t. To dispose in order. [Obs.] Heywood.