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1    all set, arranged, completed, fit, in readiness, organized, prepared, primed, ripe, set  
2    agreeable, apt, disposed, eager, game     (informal)   glad, happy, have-a-go     (informal)   inclined, keen, minded, predisposed, prone, willing  
3    acute, adroit, alert, apt, astute, bright, clever, deft, dexterous, expert, handy, intelligent, keen, perceptive, prompt, quick, quick-witted, rapid, resourceful, sharp, skilful, smart  
4    about, close, in danger of, liable, likely, on the brink of, on the point of, on the verge of  
5    accessible, at or on hand, at one's fingertips, at the ready, available, close to hand, convenient, handy, near, on call, on tap     (informal)   present  
6    at the ready      all systems go, in readiness, poised, prepared, ready for action, waiting  
7    arrange, equip, fit out, get ready, make ready, order, organize, prepare, set  
,       adj  
1    immature, unequipped, unfit, unprepared  
2    disinclined, hesitant, loath, reluctant, unprepared, unwilling  
3    inexpert, slow, unequipped, unfit, unhandy  
5    distant, inaccessible, late, unavailable  

adequate, cobbled together, crude, improvised, makeshift, provisional, sketchy, stopgap, thrown together, unpolished, unrefined  
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  ( readier    comparative)   ( readiest    superlative)   ( readies    plural & 3rd person present)   ( readying    present participle)   ( readied    past tense & past participle  )
1       adj   If someone is ready, they are properly prepared for something. If something is ready, it has been properly prepared and is now able to be used.  
v-link ADJ, oft ADJ for n, ADJ to-inf  
It took her a long time to get ready for church..., Are you ready to board, Mr. Daly?..., Tomorrow he would tell his pilot to get the aircraft ready...     
2       adj   If you are readyfor something or readyto do something, you have enough experience to do it or you are old enough and sensible enough to do it.  
v-link ADJ, usu ADJ for n, ADJ to-inf  
She says she's not ready for marriage..., You'll have no trouble getting him into a normal school when you feel he's ready to go.     
3       adj   If you are readyto do something, you are willing to do it.  
v-link ADJ to-inf   (=willing)  
They were ready to die for their beliefs...     
4       adj   If you are ready for something, you need it or want it.  
v-link ADJ for n  
I don't know about you, but I'm ready for bed...     
5       adj   To be readyto do something means to be about to do it or likely to do it.  
v-link ADJ to-inf  
She looked ready to cry...     
6       adj   You use ready to describe things that are able to be used very quickly and easily.  
ADJ n  
Why does German industry enjoy such a ready supply of well-trained and well-motivated workers?     
7       adj   Ready money is in the form of notes and coins rather than cheques or credit cards, and so it can be used immediately.  
ADJ n  
I'm afraid I don't have enough ready cash.     
8       verb   When you ready something, you prepare it for a particular purpose.  
FORMAL   John's soldiers were readying themselves for the final assault...      V n for n  
9       comb in adj   Ready combines with past participles to indicate that something has already been done, and that therefore you do not have to do it yourself.  
You can buy ready-printed forms for wills at stationery shops...     
10    If you have something at the ready, you have it in a position where it can be quickly and easily used.  
at the ready      phrase   usu n PHR  
Soldiers came charging through the forest, guns at the ready.     

1       adj   If something that you buy is ready-made, you can use it immediately, because the work you would normally have to do has already been done.  
We rely quite a bit on ready-made meals<endash>they are so convenient...     
2       adj   Ready-made means extremely convenient or useful for a particular purpose.  
usu ADJ n  
Those wishing to study urban development have a ready-made example on their doorstep...     
ready meal        ( ready meals    plural  ) Ready meals are complete meals that are sold in shops. They are already prepared and you need only heat them before eating them.      n-count  
Ready-to-wear clothes are made in standard sizes so that they fit most people, rather than being made specially for a particular person.      adj   ADJ n   (=off-the-peg)  
In 1978 he launched his first major ready-to-wear collection for the Austin Reed stores.     
rough and ready   , rough-and-ready  
1       adj   A rough and ready solution or method is one that is rather simple and not very exact because it has been thought of or done in a hurry.  
Here is a rough and ready measurement.     
2       adj   A rough and ready person is not very polite or gentle.  
...rough and ready soldiers.     

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