read|y1 [ˈredi] adj
2¦(for immediate use)¦
3 have something ready
4 be/feel ready for something
5 be ready to do something
8 ready money/cash
9 ready, steady, go!
[Date: 1100-1200; : Old English; Origin: rAde 'prepared']
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 sth
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)
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 sth 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 sth
spoken to need or want something as soon as possible
I'm really ready for a vacation.
5.) be ready to do sth 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 sth
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!
BrE get ready, get set, go! AmE spoken used to tell people to start a race
→↑readily, readiness
rough and ready atrough1 (15)
ready 2
ready2 past tense and past participle readied present participle readying third person singular readies
v [T]
formal to make something or someone ready for something
= ↑prepare ready sb/sth for sth
I tried to ready him for the bad news.
ready 3
ready3 n
1.) at the ready
available to be used immediately
Soldiers stood around with weapons at the ready.
2.) the readies
BrE informal money that you can use immediately
I'm getting a new car as soon as I can scrape together the readies.
ready 4
ready4 adv
ready cooked/prepared etc
already cooked, prepared etc by someone else
They seem to live on ready cooked meals.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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