Definition of ready verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

ready

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈredi//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈredi//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they ready
BrE BrE//ˈredi//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈredi//
 
he / she / it readies
BrE BrE//ˈrediz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrediz//
 
past simple readied
BrE BrE//ˈredid//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈredid//
 
past participle readied
BrE BrE//ˈredid//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈredid//
 
-ing form readying
BrE BrE//ˈrediɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrediɪŋ//
 
 
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(readies, readying, readied, readied) ready somebody/yourself/something (for something) | ready somebody/yourself/something (to do something) (formal) to prepare somebody/yourself/something for something Western companies were readying themselves for the challenge from Eastern markets. Word Origin Middle English: from Old English rǣde (from a Germanic base meaning ‘arrange, prepare’; related to Dutch gereed) + -y.
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