Definition of ready-made in English:

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Pronunciation: /rɛdɪˈmeɪd/


1Made to a standard size or specification rather than to order: a range of ready-made curtains
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  • For this cost we could have just got a standard ready-made home where our neighbours would be just five metres away.
  • The preference had been for a ready-made building rather than a green-field site that could have set the operation back a number of years.
  • In the twentieth century, although traditional made-to-measure tailoring persisted everywhere at higher social levels, the ready-made suit became the standard public costume of the modern ordinary man.
1.1Available immediately; not needing to be specially created or devised: we have no ready-made answers
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  • Unfortunately, software development has not progressed to the point where ready-made modules are available to order and combined to create your software.
  • The invisible components of civil society, whose extent is largely unknown, consist of those who prefer a personal rather than a ready-made set of values, people who never speak up, and people who admittedly do not want to be bothered.
  • Rather than going for ready-made ski packages, it appears many people now prefer the flexibility of organising flights, hire car and accommodation independently over the internet.
1.2(Of food) sold ready or almost ready to be served: a ready-made Christmas cake
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  • What I wanted was a ready-made snack food that tasted like French fries… and obviously, the package before me proved that this was still and perhaps forever beyond the reach of Science.
  • It is to do with thinking about diet and planning money instead of buying ready-made food such as pies and chips.
  • For the weight of taking ready-made food, oxygen and water to survive a 1,000 day mission by a six person crew will be 30 tons, which rises to 120 tons when water for washing is added.


(usually ready-mades)
1A ready-made article: he smokes ready-mades now
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  • It is worthwhile pausing momentarily to consider these linguistic ready-mades, these formulaic sentiments.
  • For those who have put off their shopping till the very last minute, designer-wear ready-mades are ideal to help celebrate the joyous festival in fashion.
  • Those difficult to fit with ready-mades will have found what they want at this store.
1.1(Especially in Dadaism) a mass-produced article selected by an artist and displayed as a work of art: I would recommend restraint in the production of ready-mades
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  • Apart from Marcel Duchamp's first ready-made, a bicycle wheel on a stool from 1919, how many art images of bicycles can you think of?
  • In fact we might say that at first sight the Institutional Theory is practically required by Duchamp's first unassisted ready-made.
  • Although her professional career began with her writing on ready-mades, collages and kinetic art, the idea of a novel was lodged from an early age.

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