at the ready


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read·y

 (rĕd′ē)
adj. read·i·er, read·i·est
1. Prepared or available for service, action, or progress: I am ready to work. The soup will be ready in a minute. The pupils are ready to learn to read.
2. Mentally disposed; willing: He was ready to believe her.
3. Likely or about to do something: She is ready to retire.
4. Prompt in apprehending or reacting: a ready intelligence; a ready response.
5. Available: ready money.
tr.v. read·ied, read·y·ing, read·ies
To cause to be ready.
Idioms:
at the ready
Available for immediate use: soldiers with machine guns at the ready; students with notebooks at the ready.
make ready
To make preparations.

[Middle English redy : Old English rǣde; see reidh- in Indo-European roots + Middle English -y, -y; see -y1.]

read′i·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.at the ready - ready for immediate useat the ready - ready for immediate use; "soldiers with guns at the ready"; "students with pens and notebooks at the ready"
ready - completely prepared or in condition for immediate action or use or progress; "get ready"; "she is ready to resign"; "the bridge is ready to collapse"; "I am ready to work"; "ready for action"; "ready for use"; "the soup will be ready in a minute"; "ready to learn to read"
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