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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Dry bags of concrete are readily available at hardware and home improvement stores, costing $5 or less for bags averaging 60 to 90 pounds each. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "This Is How Much An Average Concrete Project Will Cost You," 25 Jan. 2019 Wallace’s experiences in the control room of real nuclear submarines directly informed the ways the story clings to reality, though, as Wallace will readily admit, not all of his real experiences translate well into film. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, "What 'Hunter Killer' Gets Right About Submarine Warfare," 7 Nov. 2018 Of the plastics humans have produced since the 1950s, just as commercial plastics became marketed and readily available to consumers, only 9% of it has been recycled, Greenpeace reports. Tabor Wordelman, Teen Vogue, "These Are the Ways Plastics Can Mess Up Your Body," 19 Dec. 2018 His profit model centers on selling medically dubious supplements to a mass audience, a lucrative business that brought in around $20 million in revenue in 2014 (the last year for which figures are readily available). Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "Milo Yiannopoulos’s collapse shows that no-platforming can work," 5 Dec. 2018 Among possible changes, the SEC could also reduce the number of disclosures required in quarterly reports, which some companies view as excessive in an age when company information is readily available to the public. Gabriel T. Rubin, WSJ, "SEC to Take Up Trump’s Request on Quarterly Earnings Reports," 29 Nov. 2018 Our smug superiority translates into a fear of living elsewhere, despite my unofficial data that say a higher quality of life, and a happier existence, is far more readily accessible outside the metropolitan area. Lisa Selin Davis, Curbed, "Amazon’s New York City move is bad for the city—and for Amazon’s employees," 20 Nov. 2018 They must be shielded from public view or intrusion, lockable, and readily accessible to people with disabilities. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Breastfeeding Rooms Will Now Be Required at All Major Airports," 16 Oct. 2018 The redirect links were operated by a link-shortening service called Rebrandly and have since been taken down, but USA Really articles corresponding to the archived links are readily accessible. Russell Brandom, The Verge, "Russian troll sites infiltrated Donald Trump subreddit as recently as this month," 24 Sep. 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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