Definition of


  1. (noun, state) poised for action
  2. (verb, creation) prepare for eating by applying heat
    can you make me an omelette?
    fix breakfast for the guests, please
  3. (verb, change) make ready or suitable or equip in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event, etc
    prepare for war
    I was fixing to leave town after I paid the hotel bill
  4. (adj, all) completely prepared or in condition for immediate action or use or progress
    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
  5. (adj, all) (of especially money) immediately available
    a ready source of cash
  6. (adj, all) mentally disposed
  7. (adj, all) made suitable and available for immediate use
  8. (adj, all) apprehending and responding with speed and sensitivity
    a ready wit

via WordNet, Princeton University

Synonyms of Ready

cook, fix, gear up, make, prepare, quick, set, set up

Antonyms of Ready


Origin of the word Ready

  1. O.E. r?de, ger?de, from P.Gmc. *garaidijaz "arranged" (cf. O.Fris. rede, M.Du. gereit, O.H.G. reiti, M.H.G. bereite, Ger. bereit, O.N. grei?r "ready, plain," Goth. garai?s "ordered, arranged"). Lengthened in M.E. by change of ending. The verb is recorded from early 14c. Readily is from early 14c. Ready-mad… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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