Definition of readiness in US English:



  • 1The state of being fully prepared for something.

    ‘your muscles tense in readiness for action’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Nursing personnel can plan procedures at moments when a baby shows behaviors that indicate a readiness to interact.’
    • ‘The agro - machinery recently bought from China must by now be well deployed in strategic centres in readiness for the tillage.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We are addressing the readiness shortfalls that did exist.’
    • ‘The Hainworth Wood Centre would be refurbished in readiness for work in Woodhouse, Spring Bank, Parkwood and possibly the Lund Park area.’
    • ‘Serious questions remain as to the readiness, willingness and fitness to lead of those in main contention.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘All is in readiness for the annual parish outing to Donegal which takes place next Monday.’
    • ‘The industry is required to meet the standards by 2006 in readiness for them to come into force in 2008-09.’
    • ‘In South Africa, extensive preparation work is being undertaken in readiness for phase I trials.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 outcome will be determined in large part by the readiness of US forces to engage the enemy.’
    • ‘The couple are presently redecorating and preparing a nursery in readiness for the baby's arrival.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
    • ‘All that liberal democracy requires is a rational attitude, that is, a readiness to listen to critical arguments and to learn from experience.’
    • ‘If these criteria are not present, a readiness to learn through a change in a nurse's professional behavior may not Occur.’
    • ‘The Economist cited the readiness of the German trade unions to accept lower wages, longer working hours and more flexible conditions of work.’
    • ‘Adults have a readiness to learn those things that they need to know in order to cope effectively with real life situations’
    • ‘Nor did the Chinese leadership indicate a readiness to open talks with the President.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In balance, these conflicting emotions equal a readiness to change that which one can and to accept that which one cannot change.’
    • ‘There has been a resumption of diplomatic contacts, a greater willingness to engage the reclusive country and a readiness to help it catch up.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The respectful listening necessarily implied a readiness to change in the light of what the dialogue might reveal.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Luckily, new technology and an increased readiness on behalf of manufactures to address the problem have made things a little easier.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The female call might simply indicate a readiness to mate, directed to a specific male.’
    • ‘The new mood allows for more nationalism, more assertiveness, less patience with allies, a greater readiness to go it alone.’
    • ‘Their willingness to sign the interim constitution is a promising indication of a readiness to compromise for the sake of the country.’
    • ‘Such action requires a certain courage, a readiness to face ridicule and danger.’
    • ‘But it is an indicator of the readiness of American politicians to play this card whenever the opportunity arises.’
    • ‘Now there is a readiness to partner with the private sector.’
    willingness, inclination, enthusiasm, eagerness, keenness, gameness
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  • 3Immediacy, quickness, or promptness.

    ‘quickness of hearing and readiness of speech were essential’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A spare but rather comely man, he possessed no small sprightliness of talents, and a great readiness of speech.’
    • ‘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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