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Definition of readiness

: the quality or state of being ready: such as
a : a state of preparation As Apollo approached readiness, a new system for validating flight hardware came into use.— William Hines … conditions that prevented all regiments being brought to battle readiness simultaneously …— Graham A. Cosmas Pym presented himself at the entrance to the school drive in readiness for Mr. Cudlove's arrival.— John Le Carré
b : prompt willingness Kostunica has already expressed his readiness to talk with independence-minded leaders in Montenegro …— Joshua Hammer et al. Civil War reportage owed its successes also to the readiness of the military to accept photography as a new visual tool …— Naomi Rosenblum
c : ease, facility The introduction was followed up on his side by a happy readiness of conversation— Jane Austen

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And there's a new focus on readiness and there's a focus on Russia, as Dan said. Fox News, "Kavanaugh confirmation fight looms over midterm elections," 15 July 2018 The $717 billion measure would give troops a 2.6 percent pay hike — the largest in nine years — and address shortfalls in military readiness such as pilot training, maintenance of equipment and procurement of new weapons systems. Matthew Daly,, "Senate backs bill blocking deal with Chinese telecom firm ZTE," 19 June 2018 The Daily Telegraph in London reported Wednesday that May has ordered British submarines to move within missile range of Syria in readiness for strikes against the Assad regime that could begin as early as Thursday night. Zachary Cohen, CNN, "US destroyers, subs, jets could answer Trump's Syria strike call," 11 Apr. 2018 In the last year, the Fort Worth ISD has chosen to make elementary literacy, middle years’ math, and college and career readiness the top priorities. Kent P. Scribner, star-telegram, "FWISD superintendent announces "turnaround" at some low-performing elementary schools," 28 June 2018 For instance, the state’s plan to comply with ESSA requirements mandates students in public schools meets some college and career readiness standards, such as earning industry credentials, consecutive summer employment and community service. Rafael Guerrero, Elgin Courier-News, "Board members question U46 career academies and pathways proposal," 5 June 2018 For nearly four decades, the youth-serving nonprofit arts organization has helped thousands of Orange County kids benefit from The Wooden Floor's dance programs, as well as its academic, college and career readiness tutoring. Richard Chang,, "Newly expanded nonprofit The Wooden Floor readies its 35th annual dance concert," 24 May 2018 Achieve has received tens of millions of dollars from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support college and career readiness and the Common Core State Standards. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "What they said before and what they are saying now," 20 May 2018 For the past nine years, Peterson has been coordinator of college and career readiness for TRECA, an online public charter school for grades kindergarten through 12. Sue Kiesewetter,, "Middletown's Creekview Elementary gets a new principal," 9 May 2018

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14th century, in the meaning defined above

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: the state of being ready or prepared for something
: the state of being willing to do something

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