From Middle English redy, redi, rædiȝ, iredi, ȝerǣdi, alteration ( + -y) of earlier irēd, irede, ȝerād (“ready, prepared”), from Old English rǣde, ġerǣde (also ġerȳde) ("prepared, prompt, ready, ready for riding (horse), mounted (on a horse), skilled, simple, easy"), from Proto-Germanic *garaidijaz (“ready”), from Proto-Indo-European *rēidh-, *rēi- (“to count, put in order, arrange, make comfortable”) and also probably conflated with Proto-Indo-European *reidh- (“to ride”) in the sense of "set to ride, able or fit to go, ready". Cognate with Scots readie, reddy (“ready, prepared”), West Frisian ree (“ready”), Dutch gereed (“ready”), German bereit (“ready”), Danish rede (“ready”), Swedish redo (“ready, fit, prepared”), Icelandic greiður (“easy, light”), Gothic 𐌲𐌰𐍂𐌰𐌹𐌸𐍃 (garaiþs, “arranged, ordered”).
- enPR: rĕd'i, IPA(key): /ˈɹɛdi/
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- Hyphenation: read‧y
- Prepared for immediate action or use.
- The troops are ready for battle.
- Inclined; apt to happen.
- Liable at any moment.
- The seed is ready to sprout.
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
- My heart is ready to crack.
- Not slow or hesitating; quick in action or perception of any kind; dexterous; prompt; easy; expert.
- a ready apprehension; ready wit; a ready writer or workman
- Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832)
- […] whose temper was ready, through surly
- Thomas Macaulay (1800-1859)
- ready in devising expedients
- 2013 August 10, Lexington, “Keeping the mighty honest”, The Economist, volume 408, number 8848:
- The [Washington] Post's proprietor through those turbulent [Watergate] days, Katharine Graham, held a double place in Washington’s hierarchy: at once regal Georgetown hostess and scrappy newshound, ready to hold the establishment to account.
- Offering itself at once; at hand; opportune; convenient.
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- To make prepared for action.
- (slang) ready money; cash
- Lord Strut was not flush in ready, either to go to law, or to clear old debts.
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