1.1(having completed preparations)to be ready — estar listo
- I'll be ready in a minute — enseguida estoy (lista)
- ready when you are! — ¡cuando quieras!
- we're ready and waiting — estamos listos para lo que sea
- your documents are ready and waiting — sus documentos están listos y a su disposición
- the doctor is ready for you now — ya puede pasar a ver al doctor
- ready for press — listo para la imprenta
- to be ready to + inf — estar listo para + inf
- are they ready to start? — ¿están listos para empezar?
- to get ready — (get dressed, made up etc) prepararse
- to get sth/sb/oneself ready
- I'm getting the meal ready — estoy preparando la comida
- it takes her ages to get herself/the children ready — tarda siglos en arreglarse/arreglar a los niños
- to make sth ready — poner algo a punto
- When they are fully ready, they assume their positions, and the camera turns, showing us their opponents for the first time.
- You will know they are ready when they are fully sprouted.
- Nicholas is just a pawn, a puppet for Wilson and that is just a temporary situation until Wilson is ready to strike.
- I learned that I needed to be ready, prepared and fully knowledgeable about the industry.
- It normally doesn't take me long to get ready for anything but tonight it felt like forever to get ready.
- So, with a strong sense of camaraderie and purpose, the French were ready and settled in preparation for the battles ahead.
- If God has already sounded out to us that the breakthrough is coming, then our job is to make preparations and get ready.
- There wasn't much other than to get ready for the dinner, but even then she would be getting ready too soon.
- She still had a few hours before she had to hit the casino but if she started now, she could get ready slowly and prepare for her job.
- Five minutes later, I woke up with pressure down below, midwife checked - fully dilated and ready to go!
- The players are ready, well prepared, but numbed by tension.
- They are ready and prepared for the challenge of teaching in another country.
- I don't know why, but everyone has to take responsibility for themselves and prepare right and get ready.
- We came back, hoping that the trailer & truck would be fully packed and ready to go.
- The best way to be prepared for these kinds of situations is to be ready ahead of time.
- I felt pretty bad and was fully ready to accept the earful that was rightfully due my way and apologise for my out of order behaviour.
- I wanted to say that, thanks to his prediction, I was ready and prepared for the long cold winter that we just went through.
- Xiamen is fully ready to provide drinking water to Jinmen, Taiwan Province, which is now suffering drought.
- They are said to be staying at relatives' homes, watching the situation and ready to move upon orders.
- Numerous people ran past them in the opposite direction, fully armoured and ready to repel the attack.
1.2(mentally prepared)to be ready for sth
- I don't feel ready for marriage — no me siento preparado para el matrimonio
- after the journey, I was ready for bed — después del viaje lo que quería era irme a la cama
- I feel great, ready for anything — me siento fenomenal, dispuesto a todo
- get ready for a big surprise! — ¡prepárate, que te vas a llevar una gran sorpresa!
- let him pick a quarrel if he wants: I'm ready for him — que busque pelea si quiere, aquí lo espero
- to be ready to + inf
- I'm not ready to face him yet — todavía no estoy preparado para enfrentarme con él
1.3informal (on point of)ready to + inf — a punto de + inf
- the wall's ready to collapse — la pared está a punto de venirse abajo
- she looks ready to drop — tiene cara de estar agotada / de estar a punto de caerse muerta
- After getting a jump-lead start from the police, they drove back to St James's, ready to drop.
- It looked like you were ready to drop after a couple of hours there.
- The man behind the mask is called upon to catch pitches fired at blazing speed until his hands are ready to drop off.
- By 3pm they were ready to drop and headed home laden with bargains.
- His horse looked ready to drop, and lines of worry and a sleepless night crossed his face.
- If there is another agency which is lending money at better interest rates and with better conditions, I am ready to shift.
- Austria felt a great deal of loyalty to him and was ready to hand him the victory to prevent Germany from eliminating him.
- He interrogated him, seeming almost ready to explode in a fit of rage at any second.
- After eleven and a half hours, I was pretty much ready to drop.
- Sure enough, I was ready to drop at five o'clock, returned to bed and fell instantly to sleep.
- I began to fume as I was ready to drop from tiredness, but I couldn't say anything because the people there were really nice.
- In the morning he'd looked as though he were ready to drop down dead while I felt oddly refreshed.
- His face was purplish and he looked quite ready to explode.
- It was nearly three in the morning and he looked ready to drop from exhaustion.
- Cara looked ready to drop dead on the spot, especially when Emil leaned over to inspect it.
- Anyone would think that they would be worn out and ready to hand the reins of the grand tours over to their heirs.
- I was ready to drop from lack of sleep, so we proceeded home.
- We walked and talked to voters till we both were ready to drop.
2(willing)dispuestoready and willing — dispuesto a todo
- to be ready to + inf — estar dispuesto a + inf
- they are ready to die for their country — están dispuestos a morir por la patria
- she's too ready to find fault — es muy dada a criticar
- they found a ready market for their product — encontraron un mercado muy receptivo para su producto
- But the courts are ready, willing and able to deal with highly secretive and sensitive evidence.
- There had to be about 100 girls in this crowd, each one of them eager and ready to go to the palace.
- The southern Sudanese are eager and ready to provide the balance of forces.
- You display leadership qualities and are unafraid, ready to face professional competition or rivalry.
- Thus, the child can develop into a multi-faceted personality eager and ready to face the world.
- The most important factor is the open and friendly staff who are always ready to serve and eager to please.
- Now get ready for good times, as we're ready to unveil our three newest rides for the 2003 year!
- Their writing is taking them in a new direction that they are fully prepared for and ready to embrace.
- Then the magic of working close to home really kicked in as I got home before 5pm feeling none too tired, ready and able to do something.
- I had done my homework, and it's no coincidence that I have a fully briefed legal team ready to go.
- There was something of an evangelical awakening going on at this time, and the people of this region were ready to participate fully in the debates.
- But I was always ready to experience something new, so I agreed to hostess.
- So we take more than a passing interest in this masterplan and are certainly ready to play our part in bringing new life and learning right into the heart of the city.
- But only 28 percent said they were ready to limit their consumption of domestic poultry.
- A senior official of a top company said IT firms were ready to face any situation.
- He was always ready to make himself available, accepting a series of neat passes from the midfield and ever keen to take the direct route to goal.
- Doubts resolved, he is now committed, eager and ready to take up the challenge.
- The school is now fully equipped and ready to strive for excellence in the world of information technology.
- In any case, all is well on the frontline again and I think I am just about fully recovered and ready to rock and roll this weekend.
- There are marvellous younger people, all over the world, ready and willing, capable and energetic.
3(easy, available)he's a ready source of useful tips — siempre tiene un consejo útil
- there is no ready solution to this problem — el problema no tiene fácil solución
- do you have any ready money / cash? — ¿tienes dinero (en efectivo)?
- ready to hand — a mano
4(quick)(wit/intellect) vivo(wit/intellect) agudo
- We will miss her ready smile, her sparkling blue eyes and her witness.
- Another problem is the ready access to alcohol from a nearby bottle shop.
- We all know and loved Angela, who always had a chat and a ready smile.
- A provincial premier has ready access to any number of learned advisors.
- With her doctorate in medieval history, and a quick and ready mind, Pam would be no slouch herself under questioning.
- After all, they're the ones who will have most ready access to the drugs if and when they are ever developed and marketed.
- He was the first to refuse a papal coronation in favour of a simple inaugural service, and was liked for his ready smiles and warm personality.
- Many of these offices provide essential services for small communities who do not have ready access to urban centres.
- The nurses all had a ready smile and nothing was too much trouble.
- Those who have seen her at numerous events in Bangalore remember her warm nature, ready wit and charming smile.
- That's no problem for places such as St Raphael's, that has ready access to Yale's medical students.
- A woman with a smile as ready as it is warm, Ann has all the motherly charms of a village matchmaker.
- There are lots of reasons why non-legal professionals may need this sort of ready access to the law as at a historical date.
- He was young, bright, fair, full of life, with an open smile and a ready, quick wit.
- A cheerful and obliging man, his ready smile was a true indication of his gentle character.
- The combustible fusion of imperialism abroad, fear-mongering at home, and ready access to firearms has ensured this.
- He had a quick and ready wit and a mischievous sense of humour.
- He will be remembered for his ready smile, quiet humour and his true gentlemanly qualities.
- The problem was that after a few days all that information was pretty much lost to me because there was no ready way to access it.
- Many people lack ready access to computer technologies and the Internet's information and communication resources.
1(cash)readies / the ready — mosca feminine Colombia informal