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Ready appears in the following tongue twister:

  • Freddy is ready to roast red roaches.
    Ready for Freddy's roasted red roaches?

Usage statistics for the adjective ready:

conversational speech70.82%task-oriented speech29.18%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the adjective ready:

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The word ready is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the adjective ready

What does ready mean as an attribute of a noun?

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adjective - degrees: more ready / readier | most ready / readiest

  1. completely prepared or in condition for immediate action or use or progress
  2. (of especially money) immediately available
    • examples: he seems to have ample ready money | a ready source of cash
    • adjective position: attributive adjective (it occurs before the noun)
    • similar: available
  3. mentally disposed
    • example: he was ready to believe her
    • similar: willing
  4. made suitable and available for immediate use
    • example: dinner is ready
    • similar: prepared
  5. apprehending and responding with speed and sensitivity

Alternative definition of the adjective ready


  1. Prepared for immediate action or use.
  2. Inclined; apt to happen.
  3. Liable at any moment.

Definition of the noun ready

What does ready mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: readies

  1. poised for action
    • example: their guns were at the ready
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • more generic words: preparation / preparedness / readiness = the state of having been made ready or prepared for use or action

Definition of the verb ready

What does ready mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: readied | readying | readies

  1. prepare for eating by applying heat
    • example: The chefs ready the vegetables
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Beneficiary] [Product]David dug me a hole | Donna fixed me a sandwich
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Product]David constructed a house | Donna fixed a sandwich
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Product] for [Beneficiary]David dug a hole for me | Donna fixed a sandwich for me

      Verbs of Creation and Transformation (with the same syntax): bake, blend, brew, clear, cook, cook up, cultivate, fix, invent, kindle, light, mix, prepare, roll, run, toss.

    • lexical domain: Creation - verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing
    • synonyms of ready: cook / fix / make / prepare
    • more generic terms: create from raw material / create from raw stuff = make from scratch
    • more specific terms:
      • preserve / keep = prevent (food) from rotting
      • dress out / dress = kill and prepare for market or consumption
      • deglaze = dissolve cooking juices or solid food in (a pan) by adding liquid and stirring
      • escallop / scallop = bake in a sauce, milk, etc., often with breadcrumbs on top
      • flambe = pour liquor over and ignite
      • put on = put on the stove or ready for cooking
      • devil = coat or stuff with a spicy paste
      • precook = cook beforehand so that the actual preparation won't take long
      • whomp up / whip up = prepare or cook quickly or hastily
      • concoct / cook up = prepare or cook by mixing ingredients
      • lard = prepare or cook with lard
  2. make ready or suitable or equip in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event, etc
    • example: Get the children ready for school!
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonyms of ready: fix / gear up / prepare / set / set up
    • more generic words: alter / change / modify = cause to change; make different
    • more specific terms:
      • socialise / socialize = prepare for social life
      • provide = take measures in preparation for
      • cram = prepare (students) hastily for an impending exam
      • precondition = put into the required condition beforehand
      • fix = kill, preserve, and harden (tissue) in order to prepare for microscopic study
      • mount = fix onto a backing, setting, or support
      • lay out / set up / set = get ready for a particular purpose or event
      • winterise / winterize = prepare for winter
      • summerise / summerize = prepare for summer
      • prime = insert a primer into (a gun, mine, or charge) preparatory to detonation or firing
      • cultivate / crop / work = prepare for crops
      • brace / poise = prepare (oneself) for something unpleasant or difficult

Alternative definition of the verb ready


  1. To make prepared for action.


  1. "Ready" is a 2011 action/comedy film directed by Anees Bazmee.
  2. "Ready" is a 2008 telugu action romantic comedy film directed by Srinu Vytla. It is produced by Sravanthi Ravi Kishore under the Sravanthi Movies banner. The movie features Ram and Genelia in lead roles while Tanikella Bharani, Nassar, Sunil, Chandra Mohan, Brahmanandam and Jaya Prakash Reddy play other prominent roles. The movie was a run away hit and also was a major grosser in 2008. Navdeep and Tamanna made Guest Appearance. The music of the film is composed by Devi Sri Prasad.
  3. "Ready": Luck favors the prepared. When the perfect conditions finally materialize will you be ready to elevate your riding to the next level? Absinthe Films spent the winter exploring various states of preparedness. Keeping it fresh with diversity and an infusion of new blood: Kevin Pearce, Jeremy Jones, Scotty Lago, Cale Zima and Keegan Valaika joined GigiRuf, Wolfgang Nyvelt, Romain de Marchi, Mikey LeBlanc and Nicolas Muller to concoct another Absinthe Films original. In a world where the digital format has taken over the industry Absinthe remains committed to documenting these amazing riders with the most timeless, and stylish medium. Film.


Ready a.k.a. 'Ready': 'Ready' is a fictional character from Freighters of Destiny.

Phrases with Ready

Phrases starting with the word Ready:

  1. Ready Up
  2. ready-mix
  3. ready cash
  4. Ready Meal
  5. Ready room
  6. ready-made
  7. Ready about
  8. ready money
  9. Ready Salted
  10. ready-cooked
  11. ready-to-eat
  12. ready to hand
  13. ready-to-wear
  14. ready reckoner

Phrases ending with the word Ready:

  1. make-ready
  2. oven-ready
  3. at the ready
  4. Camera Ready
  5. combat-ready
  6. Shovel-Ready

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Printed encyclopedias and other books with definitions for Ready

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Google previewFree Your Self (2012)

A Self Awareness Handbook by S. Beasley

Being ready, means that you can set aside the impatient part of your mind, and the skeptical part of your mind long enough to allow awareness to open up new possibilities. Being ready means that you, that is the authentic you, the higher self ...

Google previewThe Commands of Christ (2012)

What It Really Means to Follow Jesus by Tom Blackaby

Being ready means being diligent, staying focused, andnot compromising our tasks assignedtous by our Master. Application: Itis easy to become complacent in the Christian lifeand turn our interests to worldly pursuits, focus on worldly cares, ...

Google previewWomen and the Art of War (2012)

Sun Tzu's Strategies for Winning Without Confrontation by Catherine Huang, A. D. Rosenberg

Being ready means watching the signs without focusing on unnecessary fortifications. This will enable you to defend aggressively if an attack does come, giving you the time to mobilize additional resources as needed. Nations devote billions ...

Google previewDungeon Master For Dummies (2006)

by Bill Slavicsek, Richard Baker

Being ready also means being organized.

Google previewReady, Set, Research With Britannica Student Encyclopedia (2008)

With Compton's by Britannica, Reproducible Masters Grades 6 and Up by Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc.

Ready, Set, Research! is designed to guide your child through the planning, preparation, and completion of a research project. The process is organized into five steps: planning, gathering information, recording and organizing facts, ...

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Usage statistics about ready

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Usage statistics for the adjective ready:

conversational speech70.82%task-oriented speech29.18%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the adjective ready:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb ready:


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Quotes about Ready

Make yourself ready
Ready to alive.

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Our words our lines
Pouring nectar.

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Make sure your living
Make yourself ready
ready to live. (Gajanan Mishra)
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Scrabble value of R1E1A1D2Y4

The value of this 5-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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