/red"ee/, adj., readier, readiest, v., readied, readying, n., interj.adj.1. completely prepared or in fit condition for immediate action or use: troops ready for battle; Dinner is ready.2. duly equipped, completed, adjusted, or arranged, as for an occasion or purpose: The mechanic called to say that the car is ready.3. willing: ready to forgive.4. prompt or quick in perceiving, comprehending, speaking, writing, etc.5. proceeding from or showing such quickness: a ready reply.6. prompt or quick in action, performance, manifestation, etc.: a keen mind and ready wit.7. inclined; disposed; apt: too ready to criticize others.8. in such a condition as to be imminent; likely at any moment: a tree ready to fall.9. immediately available for use: a ready source of cash.10. pertaining to prompt payment.11. present or convenient: to lie ready to one's hand.12. get ready! (in calling the start of a race) be prepared to start: Get ready! Get set! Go!13. make ready,a. to bring to a state of readiness or completion; prepare.b. Print. to ready a press for printing.v.t.14. to make ready; prepare.15. ready up, Brit. and Australian Slang. to swindle.n.16. the state or condition of being ready.17. Informal. ready money; cash.18. at the ready, in a condition of readiness, available for immediate use: shoppers with their umbrellas at the ready; soldiers keeping their weapons at the ready.19. (used in calling the start of a race to indicate that racers should be prepared to start): Ready! Set! Go![1150-1200; ME redy, early ME raedig, equiv. to OE raede prompt + -ig -Y1]Syn. 1. fit, set. 3. agreeable, glad, happy. 4. alert, acute, sharp, keen, adroit, facile, clever, skillful, nimble, adaptable.Ant. 1. unfit. 3. unwilling.
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