Definition of readiness in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈrɛdinəs/


[mass noun]
1The state of being fully prepared for something: your muscles tense in readiness for action
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  • The couple are presently redecorating and preparing a nursery in readiness for the baby's arrival.
  • PUB landlords in Cricklade will be urged to get fully behind the town's Pubwatch scheme in readiness for a possible increase in bad behaviour this summer.
  • Great Britain finalised their preparations at Salford and will have today off in readiness for tomorrow's sell-out clash.
preparedness, preparation, fitness
ready, at the ready, available, on hand, accessible, handy, at one's fingertips;
prepared, primed, on standby, standing by, on stand-to, on call, on full alert
informal on tap
2 [in singular, with infinitive] Willingness to do something: Spain had indicated a readiness to accept his terms
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  • Meanwhile, down on the beaches and in the parks and gardens of the nation, there seems a remarkable readiness to accept the dictates of the safe sun crusaders.
  • The speed with which the seraph touches those lips with a coal indicates the readiness of God to remove our guilt and make us ready for God's service.
  • If these criteria are not present, a readiness to learn through a change in a nurse's professional behavior may not Occur.
willingness, inclination, enthusiasm, eagerness, keenness, gameness;
promptness, quickness, alacrity;
ease, facility
dated address
3The quality of being immediate, quick, or prompt: quickness of hearing and readiness of speech were essential
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  • In today's Army, the family plays a major role in recruiting, retention, readiness and quality of life.
  • As long as an athlete believes a skill influences their readiness and positively affects performance, they should use it.
  • The next chapter will hopefully be up with some sort of readiness and speed.
promptness, quickness, rapidity, swiftness, speed, speediness, punctuality, timeliness;
cleverness, sharpness, astuteness, shrewdness, keenness, discernment, aptness, adroitness, deftness, skill, skilfulness

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