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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.
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.


1. the state of being ready or prepared, as for use or action
2. in readiness
a. prepared and waiting: all was in readiness for the guests' arrival.
b. in preparation: he tidied the house in readiness for the guests' arrival.
3. willingness or eagerness to do something
4. ease or promptness


(ˈrɛd i nɪs)

1. the condition of being ready.
2. ready action or movement; promptness; quickness; facility.
3. willingness; inclination; cheerful consent.


  • impromptu - Based on Latin in promptu, "in readiness," from promptus, "prepared, ready."
  • procinct - A state of readiness or preparation.
  • stand by - Meaning "to await, support," it was an order to hold one's self in readiness, recorded from 1669.
  • gear - Its etymological meaning is "that which puts one in a state of readiness."


The ability of US military forces to fight and meet the demands of the national military strategy. Readiness is the synthesis of two distinct but interrelated levels. a. unit readiness--The ability to provide capabilities required by the combatant commanders to execute their assigned missions. This is derived from the ability of each unit to deliver the outputs for which it was designed. b. joint readiness--The combatant commander's ability to integrate and synchronize ready combat and support forces to execute his or her assigned missions. See also military capability; national military strategy.




all systems go All set, everything’s ready, let ‘er roll. This expression denoting readiness for an undertaking gained frequency following the televised space flights of the 1960s and 70s, but its popularity soon waned. As originally used, it indicated that all of a spacecraft’s systems were functioning properly so the countdown could begin and the launching occur.

A-OK This recent (1960s) American version of A1 gained currency from television coverage of the space flights. Astronauts used the term to denote the condition of a spacecraft’s systems, or their own situation. In common usage its connotations are less of superiority and excellence than of preparedness or satisfactoriness.

Barkis is willin’ Availability, willingness, readiness; eagerness, desirousness. Charles Dickens gave us the phrase in David Copperfield. Barkis is enamored of the maid to David’s mother. On learning from the youth that she is not spoken for, he sends her the message, via David, that “Barkis is willin’.”

loaded for bear To be prepared for any possibility; to be armed and ready to fight; to have girded up one’s loins. This phrase originated during the westward movement, when a man was not considered ready for hunting unless he had enough ammunition to kill a bear. The expression, as used by E. G. Love, is cited in Webster’s Third:

Learning that every outfit … was of full strength, sober, and loaded for bear.

The expression has recently acquired the additional meaning of being drunk, undoubtedly as a lengthening of the common term loaded ‘to be intoxicated.’

the noose is hanging Everything is set; everyone is ready and waiting. This expression alludes to the restive anticipation of a crowd awaiting a public hanging. The phrase has never gained widespread popularity.

The noose is ready—All the musicians are primed for a real cutting session. (E. Home, For Cool Cats and Far-Out Chicks, 1957)

raring to go Enthusiastically eager to begin; primed, psyched, ready. This American slang expression, of uncertain origin, has been in print since the early 1900s. Raring may be related to roaring or rearing (as of horses), but either connection is pure hypothesis.

Both sides are rarin’ to go, and they are not liable to touch their peremptory challenges. (F. N. Hart, The Bellamy Trial 1923)

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.readiness - the state of having been made ready or prepared for use or action (especially military action); "putting them in readiness"; "their preparation was more than adequate"
state - the way something is with respect to its main attributes; "the current state of knowledge"; "his state of health"; "in a weak financial state"
armed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine - the military forces of a nation; "their military is the largest in the region"; "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"
ready - poised for action; "their guns were at the ready"
alert, qui vive - condition of heightened watchfulness or preparation for action; "bombers were put on alert during the crisis"
2.readiness - prompt willingness; "readiness to continue discussions"; "they showed no eagerness to spread the gospel"; "they disliked his zeal in demonstrating his superiority"; "he tried to explain his forwardness in battle"
willingness - cheerful compliance; "he expressed his willingness to help"
3.readiness - (psychology) being temporarily ready to respond in a particular way; "the subjects' set led them to solve problems the familiar way and to overlook the simpler solution"; "his instructions deliberately gave them the wrong set"
cognitive state, state of mind - the state of a person's cognitive processes
psychological science, psychology - the science of mental life
4.readiness - a natural effortlessness; "they conversed with great facility"; "a happy readiness of conversation"--Jane Austen
effortlessness - the quality of requiring little effort; "such effortlessness is achieved only after hours of practice"


1. willingness, inclination, eagerness, keenness, aptness, gameness (informal) their readiness to co-operate with the new US envoy
2. preparedness, preparation, fitness, maturity, ripeness a constant state of readiness for war
3. promptness, facility, ease, skill, dexterity, rapidity, quickness, adroitness, handiness, promptitude the warmth of his personality and the readiness of his wit
in readiness prepared, set, waiting, primed, ready, all set, waiting in the wings, at the ready, at or on hand, fit The capital waited in readiness for the President's arrival.


1. The condition of being made ready beforehand:
2. The ability to perform without apparent effort:
إستِعداد، مَيل
òaî aî vera tilbúinn
hazırlıklı olma


[ˈredɪnɪs] N
1. (= willingness) → buena disposición f
his readiness to help ussu buena disposición para ayudarnos
2. (= preparedness) we laid the tables in readiness for the guestspreparamos las mesas para la llegada de los invitados
equipment that is kept in readiness for an emergencymaterial que se mantiene listo or preparado para una emergencia
to hold o.s. in readiness (for sth)mantenerse listo (para algo)
3. (= sharpness) readiness of witviveza f de ingenio


[ˈrɛdinəs] n
(= willingness) → empressement m
(= preparedness) → état m de préparation
in readiness for sth → en préparation de qch
state of readiness [troops] → état d'alerte


Bereitschaft f; readiness for warKriegsbereitschaft f; to be (kept) in readiness (for something)(für etw) bereitgehalten werden; his readiness to helpseine Hilfsbereitschaft
(= ease)Leichtigkeit f


[ˈrɛdɪnɪs] nprontezza
to be in readiness for → essere pronto/a per


(ˈredi) adjective
1. (negative unready) prepared; able to be used etc immediately or when needed; able to do (something) immediately or when necessary. I've packed our cases, so we're ready to leave; Is tea ready yet?; Your coat has been cleaned and is ready (to be collected).
2. (negative unready) willing. I'm always ready to help.
3. quick. You're too ready to find faults in other people; He always has a ready answer.
4. likely, about (to do something). My head feels as if it's ready to burst.
ˈreadiness noun
ˈreadily adverb
1. willingly. I'd readily help you.
2. without difficulty. I can readily answer all your questions.
ready cash
ready money.
ˌready-ˈmade adjective
(especially of clothes) made in standard sizes, and for sale to anyone who wishes to buy, rather than being made for one particular person. a ready-made suit.
ready money
coins and banknotes. I want to be paid in ready money, not by cheque.
ˌready-to-ˈwear adjective
(of clothes) ready-made.
in readiness
ready. I want everything in readiness for his arrival.
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