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Ready (superl. --est; compar. not used), 1) quick, prompt, not hesitating, not backward: “what a r. tongue suspicion hath,” H4B I, 1, 84. “the answer is as r. as a borrowed cap,” II, 2, 124. “bid the cheek be r. with a blush,” Troil. I, 3, 228. “the din of war gan pierce his r. sense,” Cor. II, 2, 120. “Rome's --est champions,” Tit. I, 151. “r. in gibes, quick-answered,” Cymb. III, 4, 161. Sir Andrew says: “I'll get 'em all three all r.” Tw. III, 1, 102 (== I will keep them in mind and make prompt use of them).
2) easy, opportune, commodious: “which is the --est way to the house of Baptista?” Shr. I, 2, 220. “the --est way to make the wench amends,” R3 I, 1, 155. “which I could with a r. guess declare,” H5 I, 1, 96.
3) apt, willing, disposed: “it makes me almost r. to wrangle with mine own honesty,” Wiv. II, 1, 88. “me shall you find r. and willing to have her so bestowed,” Shr. IV, 4, 34. “I am r. to distrust mine eyes,” Tw. IV, 3, 13. “r. to catch each other by the throat,” R3 I, 3, 189. “more r. to cry out 'Who knows what follows'?” Troil. II, 2, 13. “the --est man to kill him,” Tim. I, 2, 49. “prevailed on thy too r. hearing,” Cymb. III, 2, 6 (cf. the quibble in II, 3, 86).
4) being at the point, near, about: “riches r. to drop upon me,” Tp. III, 2, 151. “my heart is r. to crack,” Wiv. II, 2, 301. “r. to leap out of himself for joy,” Wint. V, 2, 54. “if my heart be not r. to burst,” H4B II, 4, 409. “r. to starve,” H6B I, 1, 229. IV, 10, 2. “r., with every nod, to tumble down,” R3 III, 4, 102. “the fire your city is r. to flame in,” Cor. V, 2, 49. “we are r. to decline,” Caes. IV, 3, 217. “r. to give up the ghost,” V, 1, 89. “I am almost r. to dissolve,” Lr. V, 3, 203.
5) prepared, sufficiently fit for a purpose: “when her lips were r. for his pay,” Ven. 89. “one of my husband's men bid thou be r. to bear a letter,” Lucr. 1292. “make yourself r. for the mischance of the hour,” Tp. I, 1, 27. “I am r. now,” I, 2, 187. “dinner is r.” Gent. I, 2, 131. it (the rapier) “is r. here in the porch,” Wiv. I, 4, 63. “be r. here hard by,” III, 3, 10. “be r. for your death,” Meas. III, 1, 107. “who hath a story r. for your ear,” IV, 1, 56. “is the axe upon the block? Very r., sir,” IV, 3, 40. Ado II, 3, 218. III, 4, 53. III, 5, 61. V, 4, 39. Mids. III, 2, 402. Merch. II, 2, 122. IV, 1, 15. IV, 1, 15 IV, 1, 15 As I, 2, 155. Shr. Ind. 1, 50. IV, 1, 41. Tw. II, 4, 50. John II, 211 (r. mounted); cf. V, 2, 169. H6A II, 4, 104. H6B II, 3, 49. H6C IV, 1, 105. Troil. III, 2, 31. Ant. III, 3, 40. V, 1, 72. Cymb. II, 3, 86 (== dressed; cf. the stage-direction in H6A II, 1, 39: half r. and half unready). V, 4, 152. V, 4, 152 Per. III, 1, 72 etc. etc. “make r. breakfast,” H4A III, 3, 192. “make you r. your stiff bats,” Cor. I, 1, 165. to make r. == to make things ready, to be prepared: “go to your knees and make r.” Meas. III, 1, 172. “let us make r. straight,” Troil. IV, 4, 146.
6) in place, here, at hand (in answering to a call): “Nick Bottom! R.” Mids. I, 2, 20. III, 1, 166. “where's Peaseblossom? R.” IV, 1, 6. IV, 1, 6 IV, 1, 6 “is Antonio here? R.” Merch. IV, 1, 2. “where is this young gallant? R.” As I, 2, 214. Rom. I, 5, 12.
7) present in hand, in cash: “he made five marks r. money,” Meas. IV, 3, 7.
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