- 1 [not before noun] fully prepared for what you are going to do Are you nearly ready? ‘Shall we go?’ ‘I'm ready when you are!’ ready for something I'm just getting the kids ready for school. I was twenty years old and ready for anything. I’m not sure if Karen is ready for marriage yet. ready to do something Right, we're ready to go. Volunteers were ready and waiting to pack the food in boxes.
- 2 [not before noun] completed and available to be used Come on, dinner's ready! The new building should be ready by 2020. ready for something Can you help me get everything ready for the party? ready to do something The contract will be ready to sign in two weeks.
- 3available to be used easily and immediately All the relevant records are easily available ready to hand. a ready supply of wood a ready source of income see also readily, readiness, rough-and-ready willing
- 4[not before noun] willing and quick to do or give something ready for something I was very angry and ready for a fight. ready with something She's always ready with advice. ready to do something He's always ready to help his friends. Don't be so ready to believe the worst about people. likely to do something
- 5ready to do something likely to do something very soon synonym on the point of She looked ready to collapse at any minute. needing something
- 6ready for something needing something as soon as possible Right, I'm ready for bed. After the long walk, we were all ready for a drink. quick/clever
- 7[only before noun] quick and clever She has great charm and a ready wit. Word Origin Middle English: from Old English rǣde (from a Germanic base meaning ‘arrange, prepare’; related to Dutch gereed) + -y.Extra examples Connors was more than ready to oblige. He didn’t feel quite ready for marriage. He held his gun ready. He’s always ready with a quick answer. I feel ready for anything! I think we’re just about ready to start. I was all ready to leave when the phone rang. I’ll get all the boxes ready. I’m trying to get the children ready to leave. I’ve left everything ready in the kitchen. Our troops keep training all the time to remain ready. Please have your tickets ready for inspection. She was concerned to protect the children from the truth until she judged them ready to hear it. She was only too ready to believe the worst of him. The cases are ready for delivery. The plane was refuelled and declared ready for service again. The suitcases were standing ready by the front door. The warships were soon made ready. Though Paul had wanted a child, he wasn’t emotionally ready for it. We were getting ready to go out. We’re definitely ready for the show tonight. always ready and willing to help ‘Shall we go?’ ‘I’m ready when you are.’ Come on, dinner’s ready! I was 20 years old and ready for anything. Right, we’re ready to go. The new building should be ready for 2012. Volunteers were ready and waiting to pack the food into boxes.Idioms (formal) to prepare to make ready for the President’s visit
what you say to tell people to start a race (informal) ready to start The show is just about ready to roll.