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"ready" in British English

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readyadjective

uk   us   /ˈred.i/

ready adjective (PREPARED)

A1 prepared and ​suitable for ​fastactivity: [+ to infinitive] Are you ready toleave? Are you ready toorder, ​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 foraction. The ​concerthall was made/got ready (= ​prepared) for the ​performance.ready and waiting waiting and ​prepared to ​act: Secret ​informationallowed the ​police to be ready and ​waiting when the ​robbers came out of the ​bank.
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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).

readynoun

uk   us   /ˈred.i/
at the ready prepared to be used or to ​actimmediately: He ​stood by the ​phone, ​pencil at the ready.
(Definition of ready from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"ready" in American English

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readyadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈred·i/

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 ​waiterasked.

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)

"ready" in Business English

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readyadjective [before noun]

uk   us   /ˈredi/
available to be used at any ​time: a ready ​source/​supply
ready cash/money informal money that is ​available to be ​spent immediately: A ​demand by the ​court to ​pay the ​taxclaim immediately would destroy the ​firm because it does not have enough ready ​cash.
(Definition of ready from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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