read·​i·​ly | \ˈre-də-lē \

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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Examples of readily in a Sentence

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

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And SoftBank’s leader Masayoshi Son is seeking massive stockpiles of readily available cash that can finance startups for hundreds of millions of dollars. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "The Saudi Arabian government is ready to commit another $45 billion to SoftBank’s Vision Fund," 5 Oct. 2018 Stopping them is all but futile, Colombian police commanders readily admit. Juan Forero |, WSJ, "Colombia Struggles to Control Border Overrun by Desperate Venezuelans," 20 Sep. 2018 The right pH and the organic matter help ensure that nutrients, particularly essential micronutrients like boron, are readily available. Kris Wetherbee, Good Housekeeping, "6 Things You Need to Know Before Growing Broccoli," 23 July 2018 Cooper readily admits to a series of burglaries that put him behind bars, to adopting false identities that confused law enforcement and to escaping several times from prison., "'They framed me': On death row for decades, Kevin Cooper pushes for new DNA tests in Chino Hills murders," 8 July 2018 So some scientists are rethinking the other end of the lifecycle, focusing on developing plastics from more readily recyclable materials. Eva Botkin-kowacki, The Christian Science Monitor, "Closing the loop on plastic recycling?," 5 July 2018 Red wolves readily breed with the coyotes that have poured into their former range. Robbie George, National Geographic, "Rule to Allow Hunting Could Doom Rare Red Wolves," 29 June 2018 Amy Shira Teitel, who runs the space history channel Vintage Space, has tailored her membership perks more readily to her needs. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "How YouTube creators are using the platform’s new Patreon-like subscriptions," 21 June 2018 And the Netherlands, where last names so readily suffice: Cruyff, Gullit, Rijkaard, Van Nistelroy, Bergkamp, Koeman, Van Basten. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, "The World Cup arrives, with its galaxy of stars," 13 June 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 \

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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