Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “ready”

See all translations

ready

adjective uk   /ˈred.i/ us  

ready adjective (PREPARED)

A1 prepared and suitable for fast activity: [+ to infinitive] Are you ready to leave? Are you ready to order, Madam? Okay, Evie, ready when you are (= I am ready to do what we have arranged). Dinner's ready! Are you ready? Hurry up - we're late. We're leaving at eight o'clock, so you've got half an hour to get ready. The army are said to be ready for action. The concert hall was made/got ready (= prepared) for the performance.ready and waiting waiting and prepared to act: Secret information allowed the police to be ready and waiting when the robbers came out of the bank.
More examples

ready adjective (QUICK)

[before noun] mainly approving quick with answers, jokes, solutions, etc.: He had a ready reply to every question. He was charming, with a ready wit (= the ability to quickly say clever and funny things).

ready

noun uk   /ˈred.i/ us  
at the ready prepared to be used or to act immediately: He stood by the phone, pencil at the ready.
(Definition of ready from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of ready?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “ready” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

exercise

physical activity that you do to make your body strong and healthy

Word of the Day

Byronic, Orwellian and Darwinian: adjectives from names.

by Liz Walter,
April 15, 2015
Becoming an adjective is a strange kind of memorial, but it is often a sign of a person having had real influence on the world. Science is full of examples, from Hippocrates, the Greek medic born around 460 BC, who gave his name to the Hippocratic Oath still used by doctors today,

Read More 

bio-inspiration noun

April 13, 2015
the adoption of patterns and structures found in nature for the purposes of engineering, manufacturing, science, etc. The MIT researchers actually aren’t the only robotics team to turn to cheetahs for bio-inspiration.

Read More