Meaning of “ready meal” in the English Dictionary

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"ready meal" in British English

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ready mealnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈred.i ˌmɪəl/ us /ˈred.i ˌmɪəl/ UK

a meal cooked and bought at a shop but taken somewhere else, often home, to be heated and eaten

(Definition of “ready meal” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"ready meal" in Business English

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ready mealnoun [ C ]

also ready-meal uk us COMMERCE

a meal that you can buy from a supermarket that has already been prepared and cooked, so you only need to heat it:

The store says chicken tikka is their second largest selling ready meal after lasagne.

(Definition of “ready meal” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)