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NOUN (1)

1. poised for action;
- Example: "their guns were at the ready"


VERB (2)

1. prepare for eating by applying heat;
- Example: "Cook me dinner, please"
- Example: "can you make me an omelette?"
- Example: "fix breakfast for the guests, please"
[syn: cook, fix, ready, make, prepare]

2. make ready or suitable or equip in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event, etc;
- Example: "Get the children ready for school!"
- Example: "prepare for war"
- Example: "I was fixing to leave town after I paid the hotel bill"
[syn: fix, prepare, set up, ready, gear up, set]


ADJECTIVE (5)

1. completely prepared or in condition for immediate action or use or progress;
- Example: "get ready"
- Example: "she is ready to resign"
- Example: "the bridge is ready to collapse"
- Example: "I am ready to work"
- Example: "ready for action"
- Example: "ready for use"
- Example: "the soup will be ready in a minute"
- Example: "ready to learn to read"

2. (of especially money) immediately available;
- Example: "he seems to have ample ready money"
- Example: "a ready source of cash"

3. mentally disposed;
- Example: "he was ready to believe her"

4. made suitable and available for immediate use;
- Example: "dinner is ready"

5. apprehending and responding with speed and sensitivity;
- Example: "a quick mind"
- Example: "a ready wit"
[syn: quick, ready]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Ready \Read"y\, n. Ready money; cash; -- commonly with the; as, he was well supplied with the ready. [Slang] [1913 Webster] Lord Strut was not flush in ready, either to go to law, or to clear old debts. --Arbuthnot. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Ready \Read"y\, v. t. To dispose in order. [Obs.] --Heywood. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Ready \Read"y\ (r[e^]d"[y^]), a. [Compar. Readier (r[e^]d"[i^]*[~e]r); superl. Readiest.] [AS. r[=ae]de; akin to D. gereed, bereid, G. bereit, Goth. gar['a]ids fixed, arranged, and possibly to E. ride, as meaning originally, prepared for riding. Cf. Array, 1st Curry.] 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." --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 2. Fitted or arranged for immediate use; causing no delay for lack of being prepared or furnished. "Dinner was ready." --Fielding. [1913 Webster] My oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage. --Matt. xxii. 4. [1913 Webster] 3. Prepared in mind or disposition; not reluctant; willing; free; inclined; disposed. [1913 Webster] I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem, for the name of the Lord Jesus. --Acts xxi. 13. [1913 Webster] If need be, I am ready to forego And quit. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 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." --Macaulay. [1913 Webster] Gurth, whose temper was ready, though surly. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] 5. Offering itself at once; at hand; opportune; convenient; near; easy. "The readiest way." --Milton. [1913 Webster] A sapling pine he wrenched from out the ground, The readiest weapon that his fury found. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 6. On the point; about; on the brink; near; -- with a following infinitive. [1913 Webster] My heart is ready to crack. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] Syn: Prompt; expeditious; speedy; unhesitating; dexterous; apt; skillful; handy; expert; facile; easy; opportune; fitted; prepared; disposed; willing; free; cheerful. See Prompt. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Ready \Read"y\ (r[e^]d"[y^]), adv. In a state of preparation for immediate action; so as to need no delay. [1913 Webster] We ourselves will go ready armed. --Num. xxxii. 17. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

ready 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" 3: mentally disposed; "he was ready to believe her" 4: made suitable and available for immediate use; "dinner is ready" 5: apprehending and responding with speed and sensitivity; "a quick mind"; "a ready wit" [syn: quick, ready] n 1: 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, ready, 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, ready, gear up, set]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

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