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From Middle English redy, redi, rædi?, iredi, ?er?di, alteration ( + -y) of earlier ir?d, irede, ?er?d (“ready, prepared”), from Old English r?de, ?er?de (also ?er?de) ("prepared, prompt, ready, ready for riding (horse), mounted (on a horse), skilled, simple, easy"), from Proto-Germanic *garaidijaz, *raidijaz, from base *raidaz (“ready”), from Proto-Indo-European *r?yd?-, *r?y- (“to count, put in order, arrange, make comfortable”) and also probably conflated with Proto-Indo-European *reyd?- (“to ride”) in the sense of "set to ride, able or fit to go, ready". Cognate with Scots readie, reddy (“ready, prepared”), West Frisian ree (“ready”), Dutch gereed (“ready”), German bereit (“ready”), Danish rede (“ready”), Swedish redo (“ready, fit, prepared”), Norwegian reiug (“ready, prepared”), Icelandic greiður (“easy, light”), Gothic ??????? (garaiþs, “arranged, ordered”).
- Prepared for immediate action or use.
- Inclined; apt to happen.
- Liable at any moment.
- Not slow or hesitating; quick in action or perception of any kind; dexterous; prompt; easy; expert.
- Offering itself at once; at hand; opportune; convenient.
- (transitive) To prepare; to make ready for action.
ready (countable and uncountable, plural readies)
- (slang) ready money; cash