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.
Read·y adv. In a state of preparation for immediate action; so as to need no delay.
We ourselves will go ready armed. --Num. xxxii. 17.
Read·y, n. Ready money; cash; -- commonly with the; as, he was well supplied with the ready. [Slang]
Lord Strut was not flush in ready, either to go to law, or to clear old debts. --Arbuthnot.
Read·y, v. t. To dispose in order. [Obs.]
adj 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"; "I am
ready to work"; "ready for action"; "ready for use";
"the soup will be ready in a minute"; "ready to learn
to read" [ant: unready]
2: (of especially money) immediately available; "he seems to
have ample ready money"; "a ready source of cash" [syn: ready(a)]
3: mentally disposed; "he was ready to believe her"
4: brought into readiness; "dinner is ready"
5: apprehending and responding with speed and sensitivity; "a
quick mind"; "a ready wit" [syn: quick]
n : poised for action; "their guns were at the ready"
v 1: prepare for eating by applying heat; "Cook me dinner,
please"; "can you make me an omelette?"; "fix breakfast
for the guests, please" [syn: cook, fix, make, prepare]
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!"; "prepare for war"; "I was fixing to
leave town after I paid the hotel bill" [syn: fix, prepare,
set up, gear up, set]
[also: readiest, readier]