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ready

adjective uk   us   /ˈred.i/

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.
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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).

ready

noun uk   us   /ˈred.i/
at the ready prepared to be used or to act immediately: He stood by the phone, pencil at the ready.
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