ready: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (red'ē), [key]
— adj., v., n., interj. read•i•er, read•i•est, read•ied, read•y•ing,
  1. completely prepared or in fit condition for immediate action or use: troops ready for battle; Dinner is ready.
  2. duly equipped, completed, adjusted, or arranged, as for an occasion or purpose: The mechanic called to say that the car is ready.
  3. willing: ready to forgive.
  4. prompt or quick in perceiving, comprehending, speaking, writing, etc.
  5. proceeding from or showing such quickness: a ready reply.
  6. prompt or quick in action, performance, manifestation, etc.: a keen mind and ready wit.
  7. inclined; disposed; apt: too ready to criticize others.
  8. in such a condition as to be imminent; likely at any moment: a tree ready to fall.
  9. immediately available for use: a ready source of cash.
  10. pertaining to prompt payment.
  11. present or convenient: to lie ready to one's hand.
  12. (in calling the start of a race) be prepared to start: Get ready! Get set! Go!
    1. to bring to a state of readiness or completion; prepare.
    2. ready a press for printing.
  1. to make ready; prepare.
  2. and Australian Slang. to swindle.
  1. the state or condition of being ready.
  2. ready money; cash.
  3. in a condition of readiness, available for immediate use: shoppers with their umbrellas at the ready; soldiers keeping their weapons at the ready.
  1. (used in calling the start of a race to indicate that racers should be prepared to start): Ready! Set! Go!
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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