Definition of Ready



Ready can function as an adjective, noun or verb. In this article, we will learn how to use ready in these three different parts of speech correctly.

Ready is most often used as an adjective to describe someone or something that is fully prepared.

  • In my house, dinner is ready by 6:00 o’clock.
  • I am ready to sleep.

Ready can also be used as a verb when we prepare ourselves for something for an activity or purpose.

"Be ready to" meaning | "be ready to" in a sentence | Common English Idioms #shorts

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"Be ready to" meaning | "be ready to" in a sentence | Common English Idioms #shorts
  • She readied herself for the party.
  • We readied the room for the guests.

In informal English, ready is used as a noun to refer to available cash. When you hear someone saying, “I’m short of the ready right now”, it means they don’t have money available for immediate use.


Diana: You know, I’m really looking forward to our overseas trip. I’ve already packed my clothes. I’m ready for the off.

Lyn: That’s great. I am more than ready to travel too. I got my performance bonus and I have lots of ready money. I think I will go shopping there.

Diana: Wow! Good for you. I love travelling but my budget is tight this time. I just spent my savings to fit out my new house.

Lyn: Well, that’s okay. At least your house is good and ready.

Other word you can create from ready:

Readily: This is an adverb and it is used to describe an action that is done willingly, easily, or without hesitation.

Readying: This refers to the activity of putting or setting in order in advance of some act of purpose.


Appear ready

Be ready

Feel ready

Look ready

Seem ready

Get ready

Consider somebody ready

Declare somebody ready

Deem somebody ready

Judge somebody ready

Emotionally ready

Nearly ready

Almost ready

Always ready

Not quite ready

Related phrasal verbs: 

Fit out: This is a term that is used to describe the process of providing the necessary equipment to make a house, an apartment or an office ready for occupation. This can also be used for people. If you fit someone up, it means you provide them with the things they need.

  • We spent 1 million dollars to fit out our new mansion.

Gear up: To be ready or prepared for something, especially an upcoming event.

  • We are gearing up for the party.

Willing to: This is an adjective that is used to describe someone who is ready, eager, or prepared to do something.

  • Sandy is willing to work abroad.

Look forward to: To be excited and pleased about something that is going to happen.

  • I look forward to meeting the new CEO.

Pave the way for: If something paves the way for/to something else, it makes the other thing possible.

  • His findings paved the way for developing the cure for all kinds of cancer.

Related idioms:

Ready Money: When you have ready money, it means that you have cash funds that are immediately at hand to spend.

  • She is a high maintenance girl, so if you want to date her, make sure you have a lot of ready money.

Rough and ready: Something is rough and ready when it lacks refinement or sophistication, but it is ready for use.

  • Our house is a little rough and ready, but we can move in there if we have to.

When one is good and ready: It means one is completely ready.

  • We will leave when I’m good and ready, and not a minute sooner.

Ready, willing, and able: When someone is ready, willing and able, it means that he is very willing to do something.

  • If you need help with your project, just let me know. I’m ready, willing and able.

Ready to drop: To be completely exhausted, fatigued or worn out.

  • I was ready to drop after working overtime.

Ready to roll: Eager and prepared to take action or ready to leave a certain place.

  • I’m ready to roll! Let’s go dancing.

Ready for the off: This expression is used to describe a person who is ready to leave a certain place.

  • I already have my airline ticket and I have booked a hotel. I am ready for the off.

Be more than ready to do something: Be completely ready to do something.

  • If you hire me, I am more than ready to start working.

Synonyms (other ways to say):

Fully prepared

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