Synonyms of ready in English:



  • 1 are you ready to go now? she'd gone too far—he wasn't ready for this
    prepared, all set, set, organized, in a fit state, equipped, primed
    informal fit, psyched up, geared up, up for it, hot to trot
    [Antonyms] unprepared taken by surprise
  • 2 supper's ready at last everything was ready
    completed, finished, prepared, organized, done, arranged, fixed, in readiness; ripe
    informal done and dusted
    [Antonyms] incomplete in preparation
  • 3 he's always ready to help
    willing, prepared, pleased, inclined, agreeable, disposed, predisposed, minded, of a mind, in the mood, apt, prone, given, likely; eager, keen, happy, glad
    informal game
    [Antonyms] reluctant unwilling
  • 4 she looked ready to collapse
    about to, on the point of, on the verge of, on the brink of, close to, as if one is going to, in danger of, liable to, likely to
  • 5 the early settlers found a ready supply of flints in the chalk cliffs
    easily available, available, accessible; handy, close at hand, at hand, to hand, on hand, near at hand, convenient, within reach, at the ready, near, at one's fingertips, at one's disposal; on call
    informal on tap
  • 6 she had a ready answer to this challenge Sir Vivien is blessed with great charm and a ready wit
    prompt, quick, rapid, swift, speedy, fast, immediate, unhesitating; timely; clever, sharp, astute, shrewd, keen, acute, perceptive, discerning, resourceful, smart, bright, alert, apt, adroit, deft, agile, skilful
    archaic rathe
  • Phrases

    at the ready

    a group of parents stood on the sidelines, camcorders at the readyin positionpoisedready for useready for actionwaitingall systems goNorth Americanon deck

    make ready

    the crew were busily making ready for the departurepreparemake preparationsmake provisionsget everything readytake the necessary stepsdo the necessarygear up forgear oneself up


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  • seven other vessels were readied and armed he wanted time to ready himself
    prepare, get ready, make ready, organize, equip, put together, fix; prime, set; gear oneself up, arm oneself
    literary gird oneself, gird up one's loins
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