Ready

Definition of Ready

Read´y   Pronunciation: rĕd´ŷ
a.1.Prepared for what one is about to do or experience; equipped or supplied with what is needed for some act or event; prepared for immediate movement or action; as, the troops are ready to march; ready for the journey.
2.Fitted or arranged for immediate use; causing no delay for lack of being prepared or furnished.
My oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage.
- Matt. xxii. 4.
3.Prepared in mind or disposition; not reluctant; willing; free; inclined; disposed.
I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem, for the name of the Lord Jesus.
- Acts xxi. 13.
If need be, I am ready to forego
And quit.
- Milton.
4.Not slow or hesitating; quick in action or perception of any kind; dexterous; prompt; easy; expert; as, a ready apprehension; ready wit; a ready writer or workman.
Gurth, whose temper was ready, though surly.
- Sir W. Scott.
5.Offering itself at once; at hand; opportune; convenient; near; easy.
A sapling pine he wrenched from out the ground,
The readiest weapon that his fury found.
- Dryden.
6.On the point; about; on the brink; near; - with a following infinitive.
My heart is ready to crack.
- Shak.
7.(Mil.) A word of command, or a position, in the manual of arms, at which the piece is cocked and held in position to execute promptly the next command, which is, aim.
All ready
ready in every particular; wholly equipped or prepared.
Ready money
means of immediate payment; cash.
- Chaucer.
Ready reckoner
a book of tables for facilitating computations, as of interest, prices, etc.
- Cowley.
To make ready
to make preparation; to get in readiness.
adv.1.In a state of preparation for immediate action; so as to need no delay.
We ourselves will go ready armed.
- Num. xxxii. 17.
n.1.Ready money; cash; - commonly with the; as, he was well supplied with the ready.
Lord Strut was not flush in ready, either to go to law, or to clear old debts.
- Arbuthnot.
v. t.1.To dispose in order.

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