from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. 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.
  • adj. Mentally disposed; willing: He was ready to believe her.
  • adj. Likely or about to do something: She is ready to retire.
  • adj. Prompt in apprehending or reacting: a ready intelligence; a ready response.
  • adj. Available: ready money.
  • transitive v. To cause to be ready.
  • idiom at the ready Available for immediate use: soldiers with machine guns at the ready; students with notebooks at the ready.
  • idiom make ready To make preparations.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Prepared for immediate action or use.
  • adj. Inclined; apt to happen.
  • adj. Liable at any moment.
  • v. To make prepared for action.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. 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
  • adj. Fitted or arranged for immediate use; causing no delay for lack of being prepared or furnished.
  • adj. Prepared in mind or disposition; not reluctant; willing; free; inclined; disposed.
  • adj. Not slow or hesitating; quick in action or perception of any kind; dexterous; prompt; easy; expert
  • adj. Offering itself at once; at hand; opportune; convenient; near; easy.
  • adj. On the point; about; on the brink; near; -- with a following infinitive.
  • adj. 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.
  • adv. In a state of preparation for immediate action; so as to need no delay.
  • n. Ready money; cash; -- commonly with the.
  • transitive v. To dispose in order.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Completely prepared, as for immediate action or use, or for present requirement; suitably equipped, ordered, or arranged; in proper trim or condition.
  • Dressed.
  • Suitably disposed in mind; mentally prepared; willing; inclined; not reluctant.
  • Prepared by what has gone before; brought to a fit state or condition; not unlikely; immediately liable: with an infinitive.
  • Already prepared or provided; available for present use or requirement; immediately at hand or within reach; opportune: as, a ready means of escape; a ready way.
  • Prompt in action or movement; expert; dexterous; facile.
  • Prompt; quick; offhand: as, a ready reply or retort; a ready admission; a ready welcome.
  • Present; at hand; here: used in answering a call.
  • [Ready is much used in compounds, with participles and sometimes nouns, or in combinations that are properly compounds; as, ready-made; ready-cooked, etc.]
  • To dress.
  • Synonyms Ready, Easy; disposed, apt, expert, handy, skilful, clever, smart; expeditious, unhesitating. So many of the meanings of ready convey the idea of a movement of mind, and especially a consent of the will, that there is a tendency to use other words where disposition is not included. Hence it is better to say this may easily be seen, than this may readily be seen. See quotation from Locke under readily. Easy of approach; easy to be done; ready to hear. All the senses of ready, active or passive, growout of that of being prepared.
  • n. Ready money; cash: usually with the definite article.
  • n. The condition of being ready.
  • n. The position of a soldier's weapon following the command “Make ready!” or “Ready!”
  • To make ready; put into proper condition or order; dispose; arrange; prepare.
  • To direct.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. made suitable and available for immediate use
  • n. poised for action
  • v. make ready or suitable or equip in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event, etc
  • adj. mentally disposed
  • adj. completely prepared or in condition for immediate action or use or progress
  • adj. (of especially money) immediately available
  • adj. apprehending and responding with speed and sensitivity
  • v. prepare for eating by applying heat


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English redy, from Old English rǣde; see reidh- in Indo-European roots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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 bereit ("ready"), Danish rede ("ready"), Swedish redo ("ready, fit, prepared"), Icelandic greiður ("easy, light"), Gothic 𐌲𐌰𐍂𐌰𐌹𐌸𐍃 (garaiþs, "arranged, ordered"). Non-Germanic cognates include Albanian rend ("row, order, run, ride").


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    February 3, 2009

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