Meaning of READY in English

I. read ‧ y 1 S1 W2 /ˈredi/ BrE AmE adjective

[ Word Family: noun : ↑ readiness , the ready; adverb : ↑ readily , ↑ ready ; verb : ↑ ready ; adjective : ↑ ready ]

[ Date: 1100-1200 ; Language: Old English ; Origin: ræde 'prepared' ]

1 . PREPARED [not before noun] if you are ready, you are prepared for what you are going to do:

Come on. Aren’t you ready yet?

When the doorbell rang he was ready and waiting.

ready to do something

Everything’s packed, and we’re ready to leave.

ready for

I don’t feel that I’m ready for my driving test yet.

I felt strong, fit, and ready for anything.

ready with

At the end of the lecture, I was ready with questions.

Why does it take you so long to get ready to go out?

make ready (=prepare to start doing something)

We made ready for our journey home.

when you’re ready (=said to tell someone that you are ready for them to start doing something)

ready when you are (=said to tell someone that you are ready to do what you have arranged to do together) ⇨ ↑ prepare

2 . FOR IMMEDIATE USE [not before noun] if something is ready, someone has prepared it and you can use it immediately:

When will supper be ready?

ready to use/eat etc

The computer is now set up and ready to use.

ready for

Is everything ready for the exhibition?

I’ve got to get a room ready for our guests.

3 . have something ready to have something near you so that you can use it if you need to:

I had my calculator ready.

4 . be/feel ready for something spoken to need or want something as soon as possible:

I’m really ready for a vacation.

5 . be ready to do something informal to be likely to do something soon:

She looked ready to burst into tears.

6 . WILLING [not before noun] very willing to do something

ready to do something

He was always ready to help us.

She was ready and willing to work hard.

7 . QUICK [only before noun] available or coming without delay:

They need to have ready access to police files.

a ready supply of drink

I had no ready answer to his question.

an intelligent man with a ready wit

8 . ready money/cash money that you can spend immediately:

The company is short of ready cash.

9 . ready, steady, go! British English , get ready, get set, go! American English spoken used to tell people to start a race

⇨ ↑ readily , ↑ readiness , ⇨ rough and ready at ↑ rough 1 (15)

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▪ ready [not before noun] having done everything that needs to be done in order to prepare for something:

Are you ready? The taxi’s here.


I don’t feel that I’m ready for the test yet.

▪ prepared [not before noun] ready to deal with a situation, because you are expecting it or have made careful preparations:

The police were prepared for trouble.


The team looked well-prepared for the game.

▪ be all set to be ready to start doing something that you have planned to do, and be just about to do it:

We were all set for a barbecue when it started to rain.

▪ be good to go American English informal be ready to start doing something after completing all the necessary preparations:

We just need to get you a pair of skis and you’re good to go.

▪ ripe ripe fruit are soft, sweet, and ready to eat:

Don’t pick the apples until they’re really ripe.


a delicious ripe plum

▪ be in place if the arrangements or the equipment for doing something are in place, they are ready to start being used:

The television cameras were in place for the wedding.


All the arrangements are in place for a new constitution and democratic elections.

▪ be standing by if people are standing by, they are ready to take action and help if they are needed – used especially about medical teams, police, the army etc:

Officers in full riot gear were standing by outside the police station.


Several ambulances were standing by.

II. ready 2 BrE AmE verb ( past tense and past participle readied , present participle readying , third person singular readies ) [transitive]

[ Word Family: noun : ↑ readiness , the ready; adverb : ↑ readily , ↑ ready ; verb : ↑ ready ; adjective : ↑ ready ]

formal to make something or someone ready for something SYN prepare

ready somebody/something for something

I tried to ready him for the bad news.

III. ready 3 BrE AmE noun

1 . at the ready available to be used immediately:

Soldiers stood around with weapons at the ready.

2 . the readies British English informal money that you can use immediately:

I’m getting a new car as soon as I can scrape together the readies.

IV. ready 4 BrE AmE adverb

[ Word Family: noun : ↑ readiness , the ready; adverb : ↑ readily , ↑ ready ; verb : ↑ ready ; adjective : ↑ ready ]

ready cooked/prepared etc already cooked, prepared etc by someone else:

They seem to live on ready cooked meals.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.