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English definition of “ready”

ready

adjective [not gradable]  /ˈred·i/ us  

ready adjective [not gradable] (PREPARED)

prepared and suitable for action or use: Dinner is ready. The twins are getting ready for bed. [+ to infinitive] I’m ready to go now. [+ to infinitive] "Are you ready to order?" the waiter asked.

ready adjective [not gradable] (WILLING)

willing: My friends are always ready to help me out.

ready adjective [not gradable] (QUICK)

quick, esp. in answering or in thinking of what to say: He had a ready reply to every question.
(Definition of ready from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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