Ready - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈredɪ|  American pronunciation of the word ready
Brit.  |ˈredɪ|  British pronunciation of the word ready


- poised for action
their guns were at the ready


- prepare for eating by applying heat (syn: cook, fix, make, prepare)
- make ready or suitable or equip in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event, etc (syn: fix, gear up, prepare, set, set up)
Get the children ready for school!


- (of especially money) immediately available
he seems to have ample ready money
a ready source of cash
- mentally disposed
he was ready to believe her
- made suitable and available for immediate use
dinner is ready
- apprehending and responding with speed and sensitivity (syn: quick)
a ready wit

Extra examples

I'll be ready in 10 minutes.

“Can we leave now?” “I'm ready when you are.”

Your prescription will be ready in about 20 minutes.

The car won't be ready until tomorrow.

We got everything ready for the party before the guests arrived.

They readied the room for guests.

She readied herself to speak.

We have to ready ourselves for a tough fight ahead.

Dinner is ready.

She is always ready with an answer.

We are ready to begin.

He is ready to agree to the proposal.

He found a ready way to do this.

A house looks ready to collapse.

Come on. Aren't you ready yet?

Word forms

I/you/we/they: ready
he/she/it: readies
present participle: readying
past tense: readied
past participle: readied
comparative: readier
superlative: readiest
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