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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Slip into a corner grocery store where an It’s-It — which not only costs less than a ride on Muni, but also is more readily available — can be excavated from under the Drumsticks in the freezer. Leah Garchik,, "The oddly specific experience that is summer in SF," 2 July 2019 But as wars changed—and space-age materials became more readily available—the Army evolved to face new challenges. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "The Century-Long Evolution of the U.S. Army Helmet," 27 June 2019 Senior Assistant City Attorney Nicole Pedone said the update was important particularly because marijuana now is legal and more readily available. David Hernandez, San Diego Union-Tribune, "National City amends social host ordinance to include marijuana," 13 June 2019 Joining Frances McDormand, Jordan Peele and Gary Oldman in accepting Academy Awards on Sunday night was someone more readily associated with other kinds of honors: Kobe Bryant. Victor Mather, New York Times, "Kobe Bryant Wins an Oscar, and Lands a Jab at Laura Ingraham," 5 Mar. 2018 Furniture and objects were typically made from readily available wood, with rectilinear forms, and finished only with oils or paint. Diana Budds, Curbed, "One of America’s most popular furniture styles was invented by a celibate religious sect," 21 June 2019 Researchers believe the combination of a mild winter and readily available food supply may lead to the creation of these perennial nests, but aren’t sure exactly what other factors may be involved. Dennis Pillion |,, "Giant yellow jacket nests found in Alabama," 21 June 2019 Overall, the country must slash greenhouse gas emissions 48 percent by 2030, according to the IEA's Brent Wanner, with the deepest cuts coming from the power sector because cheap alternatives to coal are readily available. Author: Juliet Eilperin, Brady Dennis, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump EPA finalizes rollback of key Obama climate rule that targeted coal plants," 19 June 2019 Aggregating bid and offer prices is crucial in debt markets because bonds still trade over the counter, unlike stocks, which trade on exchanges where price information is readily available. Matt Wirz, WSJ, "Bond Investors Get New Tools to Speed Up Trading," 19 June 2019

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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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