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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Read·y a. [Compar. Readier superl. Readiest.]
 1. Prepared for what one is about to do or experience; equipped or supplied with what is needed for some act or event; prepared for immediate movement or action; as, the troops are ready to march; ready for the journey.  “When she redy was.”
 2. Fitted or arranged for immediate use; causing no delay for lack of being prepared or furnished. “Dinner was ready.”
    My oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage.   --Matt. xxii. 4.
 3. Prepared in mind or disposition; not reluctant; willing; free; inclined; disposed.
    I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem, for the name of the Lord Jesus.   --Acts xxi. 13.
 If need be, I am ready to forego
 And quit.   --Milton.
 4. Not slow or hesitating; quick in action or perception of any kind; dexterous; prompt; easy; expert; as, a ready apprehension; ready wit; a ready writer or workman. Ready in devising expedients.”
    Gurth, whose temper was ready, though surly.   --Sir W. Scott.
 5. Offering itself at once; at hand; opportune; convenient; near; easy. “The readiest way.”
 A sapling pine he wrenched from out the ground,
 The readiest weapon that his fury found.   --Dryden.
 6. On the point; about; on the brink; near; -- with a following infinitive.
    My heart is ready to crack.   --Shak.
 7. Mil. A word of command, or a position, in the manual of arms, at which the piece is cocked and held in position to execute promptly the next command, which is, aim.
 All ready, ready in every particular; wholly equipped or prepared. “[I] am all redy at your hest.” --Chaucer.
 Ready money, means of immediate payment; cash. “'T is all the ready money fate can give.” --Cowley.
 Ready reckoner, a book of tables for facilitating computations, as of interest, prices, etc.
 To make ready, to make preparation; to get in readiness.
 Syn: -- Prompt; expeditious; speedy; unhesitating; dexterous; apt; skillful; handy; expert; facile; easy; opportune; fitted; prepared; disposed; willing; free; cheerful. See Prompt.