Middle English , redy , redi , rædiȝ , iredi , alteration ( + ȝerǣdi ) of earlier -y , irēd , irede ( ȝerād “ ready, prepared ”), from Old English , rǣde (also ġerǣde ) ġerȳde ( "prepared, prompt, ready, ready for riding (horse), mounted (on a horse), skilled, simple, easy" ), from Proto-Germanic , *garaidijaz , from base *raidijaz ( *raidaz “ ready ”), from Proto-Indo-European , *rēydʰ- ( *rēy- “ to count, put in order, arrange, make comfortable ”) and also probably conflated with Proto-Indo-European ( *reydʰ- “ 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 ”).
ready ( comparative , readier superlative ) readiest
Prepared for immediate action or use.
The troops are ready for battle. The porridge is ready to serve.
Inclined; apt to happen.
Liable at any moment.
The seed is ready to sprout. 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
Walter Scott (1771-1832)
[… ] whose temper was ready, through surly
Thomas Macaulay (1800-1859)
ready in devising expedients
1879, Richard Jefferies, , The Amateur Poacher chapter1:
Molly the dairymaid came a little way from the rickyard, and said she would pluck the pigeon that very night after work. She was always
ready to do anything for us boys; and we could never quite make out why they scolded her so for an idle hussy indoors. It seemed so unjust. Looking back, I recollect she had very beautiful brown eyes.
: 2013 August 10, Lexington, “ Keeping the mighty honest”, , volume 408, number 8848 The Economist
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.
John Milton (1608-1674)
John Dryden (1631-1700)
A sapling pine he wrenched from out the ground, / The
readiest weapon that his fury found.
inclined, apt to happen
please add this translation if you can Arabic:
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( պատրաստ patrast) Avar:
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expressed with 5th infinitive of a verb Georgian:
( მზად mzad) Icelandic:
tilbúinn (is) m Kurdish:
not slow or hesitating; quick in action or perception
at hand; opportune; convenient
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ready ( third-person singular simple present , readies present participle , readying simple past and past participle ) readied
prepared for action.
to make prepared for action
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ready ( , countable and uncountable plural ) readies
( slang ) ready money; cash
Lord Strut was not flush in
ready, either to go to law, or to clear old debts.