adjective (readier, readiest)
- 1 [predic.] In a suitable state for an activity, action, or situation; fully prepared: are you ready, Carrie? I began to get ready for bed [with infinitive]: she was about ready to leaveMore example sentences
- I learned that I needed to be ready, prepared and fully knowledgeable about the industry.
- There wasn't much other than to get ready for the dinner, but even then she would be getting ready too soon.
- It normally doesn't take me long to get ready for anything but tonight it felt like forever to get ready.
- 1.1(Of a thing) made suitable and available for immediate use: dinner’s ready! could you have the list ready by this afternoon?More example sentences
completed, finished, prepared, organized, done, arranged, fixed, in readiness
- They have worked long and late after they have completed their day job to have the train ready.
- She passed me two bags of coca-cola, and took my money, leaving me standing, slightly confused, beside a train ready to depart.
- Most of the complex was actually ready and occupied for a while.
- 1.2 (ready with) Keen or quick to give: I’m always ready with a wisecrackMore example sentences
- A charitable man he always took a keen interest in local affairs and was always ready with support for local events.
- In this section of the book we also have repeated evidence that Hewitt is all too often ready with a quick sneer.
- For a year I had always been ready with a slew of excuses why I couldn't attend.
- 1.3 (ready for) In need of or having a desire for: I expect you’re ready for a drink she always looks ready for a fightMore example sentences
- This is one cat who is always ready for a cuddle from anyone willing to offer one.
- She is now fighting fit and ready for the challenges thrown up by her new parish.
- It will also be a test for the authority, which has now rolled up its sleeves ready for a fight.
- 1.4 [with infinitive] Eager, inclined, or willing to do something: she is ready to die for her political convictionsMore example sentences
- The most important factor is the open and friendly staff who are always ready to serve and eager to please.
- The southern Sudanese are eager and ready to provide the balance of forces.
- Thus, the child can develop into a multi-faceted personality eager and ready to face the world.
- 1.5 [with infinitive] In such a condition as to be likely to do something: by the time he arrived he was ready to dropMore example sentences
- If there is another agency which is lending money at better interest rates and with better conditions, I am ready to shift.
- It looked like you were ready to drop after a couple of hours there.
- I was ready to drop from lack of sleep, so we proceeded home.
- 2Easily available or obtained; within reach: there was a ready supply of drink the murderer knew that the mallet would be ready to handMore example sentences
- Hence time becomes worldly, world-time, a time within which everything present at hand or ready to hand has its place.
- There are two kinds of alarm for sale and both need to be kept ready to hand (eg in a pocket) when and where personal security could be at risk.
- I had the need to learn commercial computing fast, and my back catalogue of poems gave me a ready to hand source of interesting data.
- 2.1 [attributive] Immediate, quick, or prompt: those who have ready access to the arts a girl with a ready smileMore example sentences
- He was young, bright, fair, full of life, with an open smile and a ready, quick wit.
- With her doctorate in medieval history, and a quick and ready mind, Pam would be no slouch herself under questioning.
- He had a quick and ready wit and a mischievous sense of humour.
noun (plural readies)(readies or the ready) British • informal Back to top
- Available money; cash.More example sentences
- They, somehow, made readies available to keep their friend in the style to which he had become accustomed.
- The sports minister will take possession of it shortly and will then go cap-in-hand to the new finance minister looking for the readies to fund the project.
- It's the recurring question constantly spouted out by dance students who have to cough up readies to fund dance courses.
verb (readies, readying, readied)[with object] Back to top
- Prepare (someone or something) for an activity or purpose: the spare transformer was readied for shipment [with object and infinitive]: she had readied herself to speak firstMore example sentences
- Rick readied his weapon and prepared to jump out as soon as the barrage of bullets had stopped.
- They readied themselves to demand it, and they prepared to pay the price.
- Preparation of a descriptive memorandum is a major step in readying your business for market.
at the ready
- Prepared or available for immediate use: the men walk with their guns at the readyMore example sentences
in position, poised, ready for use/action, waiting, on deck
- Unusually, the soldiers were down and walking around, guns at the ready.
- We were prepared, with hoses, buckets and tubs at the ready, gutters blocked and filled with water.
- That includes proper documentation and a severance package at the ready.
- Prepare: they were told to make ready for the journey homeMore example sentences
prepare, make preparations, get everything ready, gear up for
- It is a period of 40 days set aside in preparation and making ready for the Festival of Easter.
- It is now our own fires that must be controlled, understood, organized and made ready to confront and conquer whatever awaits us.
- Then, they gathered their tools together and made ready to perform their conjuring.
ready and waiting
- Used to emphasize that someone or something is fully prepared or immediately available: the apartment was all ready and waiting for themMore example sentences
- Dix had an excuse ready and waiting as to why she wouldn't be immediately present and urged Sara on without her.
- I can't really imagine myself holding onto some fat gun, ready and waiting to shoot and kill for a war that I know barely anything about.
- The American public not only needs a family-centered labor market policy - it is ready and waiting for one to be proposed.
ready, set, go
- Used to announce the beginning of a race.More example sentences
- Ready, steady, go! As the teams line up for the new season, we run the rule over all the contenders in our comprehensive championship preview.
- Set up volunteering - ready, set, go! Setting the centres up before Christmas.
ready to roll
- • informal (Of a person, vehicle, or thing) fully prepared to start functioning or moving: the next morning, the plan was ready to rollMore example sentences
- For convenience, you can be fully geared and ready to roll.
- Whichever direction you point the compass, be sure your vehicle is ready to roll before heading out.
- After decades of discussion and debate, the bulldozers are finally ready to roll on and roll out the new N9 Dublin Waterford route.
Middle English: from Old English rǣde (from a Germanic base meaning 'arrange, prepare'; related to Dutch gereed) + -y1.