Definition of readiness in English:

readiness

noun

mass noun
  • 1The state of being fully prepared for something.

    ‘your muscles tense in readiness for action’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Richard, my husband, and I fly out to Melbourne on Tuesday evening in readiness for New Zealand v South Africa, and then on to Brisbane for the England v Wales game.’
    • ‘They are now planning to renew their opposition in readiness for the public inquiry that will take place on February 15 in the Scout Hall in Slater Road.’
    • ‘The agro - machinery recently bought from China must by now be well deployed in strategic centres in readiness for the tillage.’
    • ‘All is in readiness for the annual parish outing to Donegal which takes place next Monday.’
    • ‘Nursing personnel can plan procedures at moments when a baby shows behaviors that indicate a readiness to interact.’
    • ‘Serious questions remain as to the readiness, willingness and fitness to lead of those in main contention.’
    • ‘Bulldozers have begun demolishing the terrace in front of the bowling green in readiness for the building of a members' long room and 36 executive boxes.’
    • ‘The outcome will be determined in large part by the readiness of US forces to engage the enemy.’
    • ‘As usual we stocked up with small chocolate bars and sweets in readiness for the visit of the local trick-or-treaters, but, sadly, not one arrived.’
    • ‘The couple are presently redecorating and preparing a nursery in readiness for the baby's arrival.’
    • ‘The Hainworth Wood Centre would be refurbished in readiness for work in Woodhouse, Spring Bank, Parkwood and possibly the Lund Park area.’
    • ‘In South Africa, extensive preparation work is being undertaken in readiness for phase I trials.’
    • ‘We are addressing the readiness shortfalls that did exist.’
    • ‘Great Britain finalised their preparations at Salford and will have today off in readiness for tomorrow's sell-out clash.’
    • ‘All is in readiness for the Parish Mission which gets underway at next Saturday night's Vigil Mass at 8.00 pm.’
    • ‘The industry is required to meet the standards by 2006 in readiness for them to come into force in 2008-09.’
    • ‘A clean up of the cemetery is currently taking place on Sunday's at 3pm in readiness for the mass and people are encouraged to lend a hand.’
    • ‘Data generated by the tests was immediately sent back to the team's base in Barcelona, using hi-tech computers, in readiness for tomorrow's big race.’
    • ‘Filling the bladder is a great way of filling time, even if a large proportion of that time does tend to be spent merely emptying the bladder in readiness for the next refuelling.’
    preparedness, preparation, fitness
    ready, at the ready, available, on hand, accessible, handy, at one's fingertips
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  • 2in singular, with infinitive Willingness to do something.

    ‘Spain had indicated a readiness to accept his terms’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He will find allies among other states, but he also needs to be careful not to confuse the readiness of European leaders to listen to Britain with a willingness to be told what to do by Britain.’
    • ‘Now there is a readiness to partner with the private sector.’
    • ‘Luckily, new technology and an increased readiness on behalf of manufactures to address the problem have made things a little easier.’
    • ‘It may be that this indicates a greater readiness on the part of the courts to mitigate the lack of legislation on the treatment of incapacitated patients.’
    • ‘The respectful listening necessarily implied a readiness to change in the light of what the dialogue might reveal.’
    • ‘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 new mood allows for more nationalism, more assertiveness, less patience with allies, a greater readiness to go it alone.’
    • ‘The female call might simply indicate a readiness to mate, directed to a specific male.’
    • ‘Nor did the Chinese leadership indicate a readiness to open talks with the President.’
    • ‘Adults have a readiness to learn those things that they need to know in order to cope effectively with real life situations’
    • ‘The Economist cited the readiness of the German trade unions to accept lower wages, longer working hours and more flexible conditions of work.’
    • ‘If these criteria are not present, a readiness to learn through a change in a nurse's professional behavior may not Occur.’
    • ‘Such action requires a certain courage, a readiness to face ridicule and danger.’
    • ‘All that liberal democracy requires is a rational attitude, that is, a readiness to listen to critical arguments and to learn from experience.’
    • ‘In the case of trusting, we not only rely on someone to do something, we rely on them with a certain attitude, for example, a readiness to feel betrayed if they let us down.’
    • ‘In balance, these conflicting emotions equal a readiness to change that which one can and to accept that which one cannot change.’
    • ‘Their willingness to sign the interim constitution is a promising indication of a readiness to compromise for the sake of the country.’
    • ‘But it is an indicator of the readiness of American politicians to play this card whenever the opportunity arises.’
    • ‘There has been a resumption of diplomatic contacts, a greater willingness to engage the reclusive country and a readiness to help it catch up.’
    willingness, inclination, enthusiasm, eagerness, keenness, gameness
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  • 3The quality of being immediate, quick, or prompt.

    ‘quickness of hearing and readiness of speech were essential’
    • ‘A spare but rather comely man, he possessed no small sprightliness of talents, and a great readiness of speech.’
    • ‘We present our implementation or realization of interactive multimedia educational software to develop readiness of speech for helping the therapy within the frame of scientific works.’
    • ‘In today's Army, the family plays a major role in recruiting, retention, readiness and quality of life.’
    • ‘The next chapter will hopefully be up with some sort of readiness and speed.’
    • ‘As long as an athlete believes a skill influences their readiness and positively affects performance, they should use it.’
    promptness, quickness, rapidity, swiftness, speed, speediness, punctuality, timeliness
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Pronunciation

readiness

/ˈrɛdɪnəs/