read·​i·​ly | \ ˈre-də-lē How to pronounce readily (audio) \

Definition of readily

: in a ready manner: such as
a : without hesitating : willingly readily accepted advice
b : without much difficulty : easily for reasons that anyone could readily understand

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Synonyms & Antonyms for readily


fain, first, preferably, rather, soon, willingly


involuntarily, unwillingly

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Examples of readily in a Sentence

simple instructions that anyone can readily understand He readily agreed to help us.

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Marie Claire editors readily volunteered to try out CBD tinctures, patches, masks, and bath bombs and report back on their results. The Editors, Marie Claire, "10 Health Issues CBD Could Solve," 17 Apr. 2019 The texture is jelly-like and ever so slightly tacky, but absorbs readily without feeling greasy. Karina Hoshikawa, Allure, "Exclusive: Glow Recipe Is Launching a Pineapple-Infused Vitamin C Serum, and It's So Good," 31 Mar. 2019 The moves illustrate that, even as his annual spending plans seek draconian reductions in many areas, Trump is uncomfortable as a budget cutter and readily backtracks when popular programs are at stake. John Flesher, The Seattle Times, "Trump backtracks on call to gut $300M Great Lakes program," 30 Mar. 2019 Granted, the majority of people aren’t readily quitting Instagram, Facebook, or Google. Ashley Carman, The Verge, "NPR wants to know what podcast ads you skip," 27 Dec. 2018 Even if this isn't news to you, the matter of how exactly to go about it isn't readily transparent. Jennifer Lance, Glamour, "Are You Tipping Enough During Your Hotel Stay?," 12 Dec. 2018 What is surprising is that such a readily recognizable look is just a few years old. Laura Fenton, Curbed, "How the ‘modern farmhouse’ look took over," 21 Nov. 2018 If a species becomes resistant to a pesticide or other means of population control, that species can readily move to another home that uses the same control measure. Rob Dunn, Discover Magazine, "Our Attempts to Eradicate Insects are Just Making them Resistant to Pesticides," 16 Nov. 2018 When there is very heavy rain, the water fills the planting hole readily because highly organic soil has large pores (spaces) between particles. Ellen Nibali,, "Garden Q&A: Be wary of the 'bathtub effect'," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of readily

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of readily

: quickly and easily
: in a way that shows you are willing to do something : without hesitation or complaint


read·​i·​ly | \ ˈre-də-lē How to pronounce readily (audio) \

Kids Definition of readily

1 : quickly and easily The lid readily came off.
2 : without hesitation or complaint He readily agreed to help.

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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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