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Date: 1100-1200
Language: Old English
Origin: ræde 'prepared'

ready

1 adjective
     
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1

prepared

[not before noun] if you are ready, you are prepared for what you are going to do:
Come on. Aren't you ready yet?
When the doorbell rang he was ready and waiting.
ready to do something
Everything's packed, and we're ready to leave.
ready for
I don't feel that I'm ready for my driving test yet.
I felt strong, fit, and ready for anything.
ready with
At the end of the lecture, I was ready with questions.
Why does it take you so long to get ready to go out?
make ready (=prepare to start doing something)
We made ready for our journey home.
when you're ready (=said to tell someone that you are ready for them to start doing something)
ready when you are (=said to tell someone that you are ready to do what you have arranged to do together)
prepare
2

for immediate use

[not before noun] if something is ready, someone has prepared it and you can use it immediately:
When will supper be ready?
ready to use/eat etc
The computer is now set up and ready to use.
ready for
Is everything ready for the exhibition?
I've got to get a room ready for our guests.
3

have something ready

to have something near you so that you can use it if you need to:
I had my calculator ready.
4

be/feel ready for something

spoken to need or want something as soon as possible:
I'm really ready for a vacation.
5

be ready to do something

informal to be likely to do something soon:
She looked ready to burst into tears.
6

willing

[not before noun] very willing to do something
ready to do something
He was always ready to help us.
She was ready and willing to work hard.
7

quick

[only before noun] available or coming without delay:
They need to have ready access to police files.
a ready supply of drink
I had no ready answer to his question.
an intelligent man with a ready wit
8

ready money/cash

money that you can spend immediately:
The company is short of ready cash.
9

ready, steady, go!

British English get ready, get set, go! American English spokenDS used to tell people to start a race

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