Meaning of ready-made in English:


Pronunciation /ˌrɛdɪˈmeɪd/

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  • 1Made to a standard size or specification rather than to order.

    ‘a range of ready-made curtains’
    • ‘For this cost we could have just got a standard ready-made home where our neighbours would be just five metres away.’
    • ‘The preference had been for a ready-made building rather than a green-field site that could have set the operation back a number of years.’
    • ‘In the twentieth century, although traditional made-to-measure tailoring persisted everywhere at higher social levels, the ready-made suit became the standard public costume of the modern ordinary man.’
    • ‘Choosing their own fabric rather than buying a ready-made drapery also enables homeowners to make coordinating cushions or to cover a chair with the same material.’
    • ‘We manufacture the most complete line of standard ready-made mats and custom-cut bulk mats.’
    • ‘It was like they were placing an order for a ready-made product.’
    • ‘The ready-made curtains that could adorn the walls of living rooms are an added attraction.’
    • ‘We ordered ours ready-made from a storage supplies catalog, but you could cover plain ones purchased from a crafts store.’
    • ‘Women could even order them ready-made from the company catalogue.’
    • ‘Wrought iron and upholstered furniture, made-to-measure and ready-made curtains and a wide range of fabrics are all found in the company's new brochure.’
    • ‘The store also has a small retail component with ready-made frames, prints and beveled mirrors.’
    • ‘Also, order a good supply of ready-made frames and small gift items to accommodate last-minute and impulse gift purchases, advised these framers.’
    • ‘You're always guaranteed a perfect fit and more often than not, you'll get superior fabric rather than that of a similarly priced, ready-made overcoat.’
    • ‘Manufacturers offer ready-made mantels in a variety of sizes as well as custom-size units.’
    • ‘This company manufactures ready-made garments under several international brands.’
    • ‘The surprise is that it's so easy to make: You start with an unfinished bookcase - whatever size suits your purpose - and acid a pair of ready-made louvered shutters.’
    • ‘Patterns are available for women who wish to sew their own, and there are also ready-made ones available, though they are not widely distributed.’
    • ‘His mother has no alternative, but stitch his clothes as ready-made clothes are not available.’
    • ‘She's created a portable design center for her ready-made mats, pre-made wood frames and patented deep-beveled faux fillet middles.’
    • ‘While the availability of woven textiles increased ready-made cotton or flannel shirts and drawers for urban consumers, hand knitting of socks and stockings continued to be the norm in rural areas.’
    ready to wear, off the shelf
    pre-cooked, oven-ready, TV, frozen, convenience
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    1. 1.1Available immediately; not needing to be specially created or devised.
      ‘we have no ready-made answers’
      • ‘Unfortunately, software development has not progressed to the point where ready-made modules are available to order and combined to create your software.’
      • ‘The invisible components of civil society, whose extent is largely unknown, consist of those who prefer a personal rather than a ready-made set of values, people who never speak up, and people who admittedly do not want to be bothered.’
      • ‘Rather than going for ready-made ski packages, it appears many people now prefer the flexibility of organising flights, hire car and accommodation independently over the internet.’
      • ‘What I saw and heard there was nothing short of inspirational and, for an incoming minister committed to raising standards, a ready-made concept to grab hold of.’
      • ‘You could have lots of information there and then redirect them to your ready-made website for ordering, or company video or program details.’
      • ‘In this method, researchers inject ready-made antibodies, rather than the antigen, into the animal.’
      • ‘Rather a kind of idiosyncratic ordering has been sought in relation to the place and task, as opposed to the ready-made orders of type and technique.’
      • ‘It claims in 70 per cent of cases it was cheaper to book your flights and hotel separately rather than opt for a ready-made package trip and the average saving was 26 per cent.’
      • ‘In finding a solution to the problems faced by Muslims today, they have some apologetic claims, standard and ready-made answers.’
      • ‘Treat Islam as a fountain of values that guide conduct rather than a system of ready-made solutions to problems.’
      • ‘In addition, mastery of the subject does not imply a memorization of ready-made formulas or methodological recommendations, but rather a logical understanding of the material.’
      • ‘For prospective customers who find the amount of choice to be overwhelming, the site will offer seven ready-made lists of songs associated with specific characters.’
      • ‘I suppose if you built a house on the land, you would have a ready-made wine cellar.’
      • ‘It's just a ready-made way of feeling grand about an issue that we don't actually have to do anything about’.’
      • ‘Perhaps this was because the English had a ready-made model of settler self-governing institutions dating from English emigration to Wales and Ireland.’
      • ‘Perhaps more importantly in the long run, the man with the plan for British farming sees the traditional agricultural show as a ready-made vehicle for spreading British agriculture's bright new message.’
      • ‘Transplants are a romantic, ready-made melodrama for the sort of medicine that shows hospitals at their best, how we'd like them to be, but they are also a minute percentage of health-service operations.’
      • ‘It's not a ready-made audience, which means people listen because they want to.’
      • ‘If Kris does eventually leave we have a ready-made replacement in Colin Nish.’
      • ‘Basically, under mandatory sentencing legislation, judges and magistrates have no discretion; they merely impose the legislature's ready-made sentence.’
    2. 1.2(of food) sold ready or almost ready to be served.
      ‘a ready-made Christmas cake’
      • ‘What I wanted was a ready-made snack food that tasted like French fries… and obviously, the package before me proved that this was still and perhaps forever beyond the reach of Science.’
      • ‘It is to do with thinking about diet and planning money instead of buying ready-made food such as pies and chips.’
      • ‘For the weight of taking ready-made food, oxygen and water to survive a 1,000 day mission by a six person crew will be 30 tons, which rises to 120 tons when water for washing is added.’
      • ‘For the same reason we purchase any other ready-made food, says Goudie - convenience.’
      • ‘Ward against listeriosis by avoiding blue-veined, mould-ripened cheeses, pâtés, ready-made salads and soft-whip ice creams until the birth.’
      • ‘On some occasions, she said, ‘we not only have to give food to those affected by the virus, but we cook for them and deliver ready-made food.’’
      • ‘Make sure all ready-made foods are piping hot throughout before eating, as they are also a listeria risk.’
      • ‘The main meal is now eaten in the evening and is likely to consist of frozen or ready-made food.’
      • ‘I am proud of my first attempt at real Italian cooking for the simple reason that it did not involve opening jars of ready-made sauce and popping garlic bread in the oven.’
      • ‘Some of the premium ranges were lower in fat and salt than the standard versions, proving that manufacturers can produce tasty ready-made food with less salt and fat.’
      • ‘Stock your pantry and freezer with soups, meatless burgers, and ready-made pizzas for quick meals.’
      • ‘At least 75 per cent of our salt is found in processed foods such as ready-made meals, some breads and breakfast cereals, meat pies, soups, sauces, and cheese.’
      • ‘Every year, thousands of tonnes of perishable goods, from cellophane-wrapped chickens to cardboard-encased ready-made pizzas, end up in the bin.’
      • ‘You can buy this ready-made and frozen, and just fry it.’
      • ‘And if you were wondering whether there is something better about ready-made pastry to justify its higher price point over frozen, the answer is no.’
      • ‘It's cheaper than buying ready-made jars, can be made in bulk and frozen and you know exactly what the ingredients are.’
      • ‘Despite the uncertainties of the crisis, last year was also the time that Mrs Bell branched out into preparing ready-made meals, a venture which she modestly confesses proved a ‘popular success’.’
      • ‘The hospital - one of the leading cancer treatment centres in the country - was supplied with two types of ready-made meals for a reception vending machine, which have now had to be withdrawn.’
      • ‘In fact, I feel strongly that if ready-made cocktails are not going to stick to the classic formula they should choose another name.’
      • ‘Nowadays there are several ready-made custards available that you could use.’


usually ready-mades
  • 1A ready-made article.

    ‘he smokes ready-mades now’
    • ‘It is worthwhile pausing momentarily to consider these linguistic ready-mades, these formulaic sentiments.’
    • ‘For those who have put off their shopping till the very last minute, designer-wear ready-mades are ideal to help celebrate the joyous festival in fashion.’
    • ‘Those difficult to fit with ready-mades will have found what they want at this store.’
    • ‘Much as those times were good, gone are they, for this is the age of ready-mades.’
    • ‘To add to the list, the company, which has been offering simple, elegant, and affordable ready-mades, designed specifically for the Indian woman, will open its outlet in Bangalore on Thursday.’
    • ‘If you want to give a cushion or a bag and don't have time to knit it, there is a ready-made service available as well.’
    • ‘The ‘desi’ khadi varieties, both ready-mades and suitings, are also in good demand.’
    • ‘Next, they eliminated most ready-mades from the inventory, removed many of the lower-end samples from the wall and replaced them with higher-end framing products.’
    • ‘It's a natural that a frame shop would carry ready-mades, said Wieder, but carry something unique that your customers won't see at a department store.’
    • ‘The company also offers complete lines of matboard, glass, ready-mades and supplies.’
    • ‘It offers chop and length service, warehouses' ready-mades and publishes a catalog.’
    • ‘A new line of ready-mades is newly available from, a company with offices in Minneapolis.’
    • ‘These stars were ready-mades and fabrications, individuals off the street, and yet performing their own individuality as a mask, a style, a pseudonym, and a personality.’
    • ‘These ready-mades from Richworth are also excellent baits.’
    1. 1.1(especially in Dadaism) a mass-produced article selected by an artist and displayed as a work of art.
      ‘I would recommend restraint in the production of ready-mades’
      • ‘Apart from Marcel Duchamp's first ready-made, a bicycle wheel on a stool from 1919, how many art images of bicycles can you think of?’
      • ‘In fact we might say that at first sight the Institutional Theory is practically required by Duchamp's first unassisted ready-made.’
      • ‘Although her professional career began with her writing on ready-mades, collages and kinetic art, the idea of a novel was lodged from an early age.’
      • ‘These sculptures incorporate modified ready-mades and use low-tech equipment to create an atmosphere filled with tension, danger and amusements.’
      • ‘Commercially printed ready-mades are also the basis for a mesmerizing video.’
      • ‘He put out his ready-mades, his glass brides and chocolate-machine bachelors, his urinal, and so on; art could no longer speak as it had spoken before.’
      • ‘As surely as it was a prank, this work was also, like the other ready-mades, a calculated attack on the most basic conventions of art.’
      • ‘Young describes his piano as ‘a ready-made that needed to be celebrated for its intrinsic peculiarities‘.’
      • ‘In keeping with the homage, this work is a ready-made of sorts - a chair transformed into a rosebush with roses cut from a gardening book.’
      • ‘Instead of questioning the possibility of a perfect ready-made within the Balkan context, Vangeli has posed the question of fabricating.’