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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.
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Noun1.readying - the activity of putting or setting in order in advance of some act or purposereadying - the activity of putting or setting in order in advance of some act or purpose; "preparations for the ceremony had begun"
fire control - preparation for the delivery of shellfire on a target
activity - any specific behavior; "they avoided all recreational activity"
deployment - the distribution of forces in preparation for battle or work
groundwork - preliminary preparation as a basis or foundation; "we are prepared today because of groundwork that was done ten years ago"
makeready - final preparation and adjustments
priming - the act of making something ready
planning - an act of formulating a program for a definite course of action; "the planning was more fun than the trip itself"
turnround, turnaround - act or process of unloading and loading and servicing a vessel or aircraft for a return trip
tune-up, warm-up, prolusion - exercising in preparation for strenuous activity
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