If you're ready for something, you're prepared — you're all set to do it. You're not truly ready for bed until you're wearing pajamas and have finished brushing your teeth.

You can be physically ready, like when you grab a towel and sunblock to get ready for a day at the beach, or mentally ready, like when you're ready to rock your algebra test since you studied so much. Other things are ready when they're available, like dinner or a hotel room. If you ready something (or yourself), you prepare for some specific purpose. The Old English ræde meant "prepare a horse for riding," from a root meaning "ride."

Definitions of ready
  1. adjective
    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”
    made ready or fit or suitable beforehand
    at the ready
    ready for immediate use
    fit, primed, set
    (usually followed by `to' or `for') on the point of or strongly disposed
    in order
    in a state of proper readiness or preparation or arrangement
    ready and willing or quick to act
    fully prepared or eager
    ready and waiting, waiting
    being and remaining ready and available for use
    disposed or inclined toward
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    not prepared or in a state of readiness; slow to understand or respond
    without preparation; not prepared for
    unprepared and unable to react quickly
    napping, off guard, off her guard, off his guard, off one's guard, off your guard, off-guard
    not prepared or vigilant
    not fully prepared
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  2. adjective
    made suitable and available for immediate use
    “dinner is ready
    made ready or fit or suitable beforehand
  3. adjective
    (of especially money) immediately available
    “he seems to have ample ready money”
    “a ready source of cash”
    obtainable or accessible and ready for use or service
  4. adjective
    mentally disposed
    “he was ready to believe her”
    disposed or inclined toward
  5. adjective
    apprehending and responding with speed and sensitivity
    “a ready wit”
    synonyms: quick
    having the capacity for thought and reason especially to a high degree
  6. noun
    poised for action
    “their guns were at the ready
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    preparation, preparedness, readiness
    the state of having been made ready or prepared for use or action (especially military action)
  7. verb
    make ready or suitable or equip in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event, etc
    “Get the children ready for school!”
    synonyms: fix, gear up, prepare, set, set up
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    socialise, socialize
    prepare for social life
    take measures in preparation for
    prepare (students) hastily for an impending exam
    put into the required condition beforehand
    kill, preserve, and harden (tissue) in order to prepare for microscopic study
    fix onto a backing, setting, or support
    lay out, set, set up
    get ready for a particular purpose or event
    winterise, winterize
    prepare for winter
    summerise, summerize
    prepare for summer
    insert a primer into (a gun, mine, or charge) preparatory to detonation or firing
    crop, cultivate, work
    prepare for crops
    brace, poise
    prepare (oneself) for something unpleasant or difficult
    overcrop, overcultivate
    to exhaust by excessive cultivation
    nerve, steel
    get ready for something difficult or unpleasant
    type of:
    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  8. verb
    prepare for eating by applying heat
    synonyms: cook, fix, make, prepare
    gather and light the materials for
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    keep, preserve
    prevent (food) from rotting
    dress, dress out
    kill and prepare for market or consumption
    dissolve cooking juices or solid food in (a pan) by adding liquid and stirring
    escallop, scallop
    bake in a sauce, milk, etc., often with breadcrumbs on top
    pour liquor over and ignite (a dish)
    put on
    put on the stove or ready for cooking
    coat or stuff with a spicy paste
    cook beforehand so that the actual preparation won't take long
    whip up, whomp up
    prepare or cook quickly or hastily
    concoct, cook up
    prepare or cook by mixing ingredients
    prepare or cook with lard
    preserve by rapid freezing and subsequently drying in a vacuum
    preserve with sugar
    dehydrate, desiccate
    preserve by removing all water and liquids from
    preserve in a pickling liquid
    preserve with salt
    can, put up, tin
    preserve in a can or tin
    preserve by chilling
    prepare by drying, salting, or chemical processing in order to preserve
    preserve with salt
    type of:
    create from raw material, create from raw stuff
    make from scratch
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