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.
Despite all the angst, the Russians were not ready to give up their summer in America.
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But nobody seriously believes that these troops are ready to carry out the role assigned them.
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As those statements attest, Billy Sammeth is ready to be free of his past by putting it truly all behind him.
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Now is the time for Israel to take some dramatic step to show it is ready for a new Middle East.
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In Warhol it found its self- image, ready- made for idolatry and mockery.
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Then hitch them up as fast as you like, and put a good stock of feed in, while we go and get ready.
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But in good time the Lybian pipe warns us that the feast is ready.
Philothea Lydia Maria Child
My ribs were ready to burst, but I could no longer get enough air into my chest.
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At length the servant returned, saying his master was now ready to see them.
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Papa said yesterday I must tell a story, and I have one all ready.
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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.
In addition to the idiom beginning with
at the ready
good and (ready)
rough and ready
- At rest
the refreshing quiet or repose of sleep: a good night’s rest. refreshing ease or inactivity after exertion or labor: to allow an hour for rest. relief or freedom, especially from anything that wearies, troubles, or disturbs. a period or interval of inactivity, repose, solitude, or tranquillity: to go away for a rest. mental or spiritual […]
- At risk
exposure to the chance of injury or loss; a hazard or dangerous chance: It’s not worth the risk. Insurance. the hazard or chance of loss. the degree of probability of such loss. the amount that the insurance company may lose. a person or thing with reference to the hazard involved in insuring him, her, or […]
- At same time
the system of those sequential relations that any event has to any other, as past, present, or future; indefinite and continuous duration regarded as that in which events succeed one another. duration regarded as belonging to the present life as distinct from the life to come or from eternity; finite duration. (sometimes initial capital letter) […]
- At sea
the salt waters that cover the greater part of the earth’s surface. a division of these waters, of considerable extent, more or less definitely marked off by land boundaries: the North Sea. one of the ; ocean. a large lake or landlocked body of water. the degree or amount of turbulence of the ocean or […]