1 [predic.] in a suitable state for an action or situation; fully prepared:are you ready, Carrie? I got ready for bed [with infinitive]:she was about ready to leave (of a thing) made suitable and available for immediate use:dinner’s ready! could you have the list ready by this afternoon?
) keen or quick to give:every time I rang up, she was ready with some excuse
) in need of or having a desire for:I expect you’re ready for a drink
2 [with infinitive] willing or eager to do something:she is ready to die for her political convictions in such a condition as to be likely to do something:by the time he arrived he was ready to drop
3easily available or obtained; within reach:there was a ready supply of drink the murderer knew that the mallet would be ready to hand [attributive] immediate, quick, or prompt:those who have ready access to the arts a girl with a ready smile
done in advance of being needed:ready-cooked meals
prepare for an action or purpose:the spare transformer was readied for shipment [with object and infinitive]:she readied herself to speak first