—adj. 1. completely prepared or in fit condition for immediate action or use: troops ready for battle; Dinner is ready. 2. duly equipped, completed, adjusted, or arranged, as for an occasion or purpose: The mechanic called to say that the car is ready. 3. willing: ready to forgive. 4. prompt or quick in perceiving, comprehending, speaking, writing, etc.
5. proceeding from or showing such quickness: a ready reply. 6. prompt or quick in action, performance, manifestation, etc.: a keen mind and ready wit. 7. inclined; disposed; apt: too ready to criticize others. 8. in such a condition as to be imminent; likely at any moment: a tree ready to fall. 9. immediately available for use: a ready source of cash. 10. pertaining to prompt payment.
11. present or convenient: to lie ready to one's hand. 12. get ready! (in calling the start of a race) be prepared to start: Get ready! Get set! Go! 13. make ready, a. to bring to a state of readiness or completion; prepare.
b. Print.to ready a press for printing.
—v.t. 1. to make ready; prepare.
2. ready up,Brit. and Australian Slang. to swindle.
—n. 1. the state or condition of being ready.
2. Informal.ready money; cash.
3. at the ready, in a condition of readiness, available for immediate use: shoppers with their umbrellas at the ready; soldiers keeping their weapons at the ready.
—interj. (used in calling the start of a race to indicate that racers should be prepared to start): Ready! Set! Go!