Definitions for: Ready

[n] poised for action; "their guns were at the ready"
[adj] apprehending and responding with speed and sensitivity; "a quick mind"; "a ready wit"
[adj] brought into readiness; "dinner is ready"
[adj] completely prepared or in condition for immediate action or use or progress; "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"
[adj] mentally disposed; "he was ready to believe her"
[v] make ready or suitable or equip in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event, etc; "Get the children ready for school!"; "prepare for war"
[v] prepare for eating by applying heat; "Cook me dinner, please"; "can you make me an omelette?"; "fix breakfast for the guests, please"

Webster (1913) Definition: Read"y, a. [Compar. Readier; superl. Readiest.] [AS.
r[=ae]de; akin to D. gereed, bereid, G. bereit, Goth.
gar['a]ids fixed, arranged, and possibly to E. ride, as
meaning originally, prepared for riding. Cf. Array, 1st
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.''

My oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things
are ready: come unto the marriage. --Matt. xxii.

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, through 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. ``'Tis 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; skilful; handy; expert; facile; easy; opportune;
fitted; prepared; disposed; willing; free; cheerful. See

Read"y, adv.
In a state of preparation for immediate action; so as to need
no delay.

We ourselves will go ready armed. --Num. xxxii.

Read"y, n.
Ready money; cash; -- commonly with the; as, he was supplied
with the ready. [Slang]

Lord Strut was not flush in ready, either to go to law,
or to clear old debts. --Arbuthnot.

Read"y, v. t.
To dispose in order. [Obs.] --Heywood.

Synonyms: at the ready(p), cook, fit(p), fix, gear up, in order, intelligent, make, prepare, prepare, prepared, primed(p), prompt, quick, ready and waiting(p), ripe(p), set, set up, set(p), waiting

Antonyms: unready

See Also: alter, brace, change, concoct, cook up, cram, create from raw material, create from raw stuff, crop, cultivate, devil, fix, lard, lay out, mount, poise, precondition, precook, preparation, preparedness, prime, put on, readiness, socialise, socialize, summerise, summerize, whip up, whomp up, willing, winterise, winterize, work

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