completely prepared or in fit condition for immediate action or use:
troops ready for battle; Dinner is ready.
duly equipped, completed, adjusted, or arranged, as for an occasion or purpose:
The mechanic called to say that the car is ready.
ready to forgive.
prompt or quick in perceiving, comprehending, speaking, writing, etc.
proceeding from or showing such quickness:
a ready reply.
prompt or quick in action, performance, manifestation, etc.:
a keen mind and ready wit.
inclined; disposed; apt:
too ready to criticize others.
in such a condition as to be imminent; likely at any moment:
a tree ready to fall.
immediately available for use:
a ready source of cash.
pertaining to prompt payment.
present or convenient:
to lie ready to one’s hand.
to make ready; prepare.
the state or condition of being ready.
Informal. ; cash.
(used in calling the start of a race to indicate that racers should be prepared to start):
Ready! Set! Go!
at the ready, in a condition of readiness, available for immediate use:
shoppers with their umbrellas at the ready; soldiers keeping their weapons at the ready.
get ready!, (in calling the start of a race) be prepared to start:
Get ready! Get set! Go!
to bring to a state of readiness or completion; prepare.
Printing. to ready a press for printing.
ready up, British and Australian Slang. to swindle.
adjective readier, readiest
in a state of completion or preparedness, as for use or action
willing or eager: ready helpers
prompt or rapid: a ready response
(prenominal) quick in perceiving; intelligent: a ready mind
(postpositive) foll by to. on the point (of) or liable (to): ready to collapse
(postpositive) conveniently near (esp in the phrase ready to hand)
make ready, get ready, to prepare oneself or something for use or action
(informal) the ready, short for ready money
at the ready
poised for use or action: with pen at the ready
(of a rifle) in the position normally adopted immediately prior to aiming and firing
(transitive) to put in a state of readiness; prepare
Old English ræde, geræde “prepared, ready,” of a horse, “ready for riding,” from Proto-Germanic *garaidijaz “arranged” (cf. Old Frisian rede “ready,” Middle Dutch gereit, Old High German reiti, Middle High German bereite, German bereit, Old Norse greiðr “ready, plain,” Gothic garaiþs “ordered, arranged”), from PIE root *reidh- “to ride” (see ride (v.)). Lengthened in Middle English by change of ending. Ready-made first attested early 15c.; ready-to-wear is from 1890.
early 13c., “to administer;” c.1300, “to take aim;” mid-14c., “to prepare, make ready,” from ready (adj.). Related: Readied; readying.
Available for immediate use, as in Umbrellas at the ready, we were prepared to brave the storm. This idiom was originally a military term in which the ready denoted the position of a firearm prepared to be raised and aimed or fired. [ First half of 1800s ]
In addition to the idiom beginning with
at the ready
good and (ready)
rough and ready
- At the switch
at the switch Related Terms asleep at the switch
either of the two saclike respiratory organs in the thorax of humans and the higher vertebrates. an analogous organ in certain invertebrates, as arachnids or terrestrial gastropods. at the top of one’s lungs, as loudly as possible; with full voice: The baby cried at the top of his lungs. Contemporary Examples The prices of alternatives […]
- At the top of one’s lungs
either of the two saclike respiratory organs in the thorax of humans and the higher vertebrates. an analogous organ in certain invertebrates, as arachnids or terrestrial gastropods. at the top of one’s lungs, as loudly as possible; with full voice: The baby cried at the top of his lungs. noun either one of a pair […]
- At the wheel
a circular frame or disk arranged to revolve on an axis, as on or in vehicles or machinery. any machine, apparatus, instrument, etc., shaped like this or having a circular frame, disk, or revolving drum as an essential feature: a potter’s wheel; roulette wheel; spinning wheel. . Nautical. a circular frame with an axle connecting […]