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used after a verb
If you are ready, you have prepared yourself for something.
Are you ready now? I'll take you back home.
We were getting ready for bed.
If something is ready, it has been prepared and you can use it.
Lunch is ready.
Go and get the boat ready.
Be careful
Don't use ‘ready’ with either of these meanings in front of a noun.
used in front of a noun
You use ready in front of a noun to show that something is available to be used very quickly and easily.
Many supermarket ready meals contain high levels of salt.
I have no ready explanation for this fact.
Ready money is in the form of notes and coins rather than cheques, and so can be used immediately.
He had £3000 in ready cash.
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