adj. read·i·er, read·i·est
1. 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.
2. Mentally disposed; willing: He was ready to believe her.
3. Likely or about to do something: She is ready to retire.
4. Prompt in apprehending or reacting: a ready intelligence; a ready response.
5. Available: ready money.
tr.v. read·ied, read·y·ing, read·iesIdioms:
To cause to be ready.
at the ready
Available for immediate use: soldiers with machine guns at the ready; students with notebooks at the ready.
To make preparations.
[Middle English redy : Old English rǣde; see reidh- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots + Middle English -y, -y; see -Y1.]
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