(noun, adjective, verb)


1. completely prepared or in condition for immediate action or use or progress

- get ready

- she is ready to resign

- the bridge is ready to collapse

Similar word(s): prepared, fit, primed, set, prompt, ripe, waiting, willing

2. (of especially money) immediately available

- he seems to have ample ready money

- a ready source of cash

Similar word(s): available

3. mentally disposed

- he was ready to believe her

Similar word(s): willing

4. made suitable and available for immediate use

- dinner is ready

Similar word(s): prepared

5. apprehending and responding with speed and sensitivity

- a ready wit

Similar word(s): intelligent, quick

Sentences with ready as an adjective:

- The troops are ready for battle.  The porridge is ready to serve.

- The seed is ready to sprout.

- a ready apprehension;  ready wit;  a ready writer or workman


1. poised for action

- their guns were at the ready

Definition categories: state, preparation, preparedness, readiness


1. prepare for eating by applying heat

Similar word(s): cook, fix, make, prepare

Definition categories: creation

2. make ready or suitable or equip in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event, etc

- Get the children ready for school!

Similar word(s): fix, prepare, set

Definition categories: change, alter, modify