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readily

[red-l-ee] /ˈrɛd l i/
adverb
1.
promptly; quickly; easily:
The information is readily available.
2.
in a ready manner; willingly:
He readily agreed to help us.
Origin of readily
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English redily. See ready, -ly
Related forms
overreadily, adverb
Synonyms
2. freely, graciously, ungrudgingly.
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  • I readily promised to do so, and the following day was named for the purpose.

    Sir Jasper Carew Charles James Lever
  • His reason for not pursuing the fugitive may be readily understood.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • The reader will readily imagine the discomforts to which I was subjected on this voyage.

    Captain Canot Brantz Mayer
  • If this is the case the expert's bill may readily run up to $50.

    Flying Machines W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
  • We can readily get $60,000 (or more) for shares, and from a few men.

British Dictionary definitions for readily

readily

/ˈrɛdɪlɪ/
adverb
1.
promptly; eagerly; willingly
2.
without difficulty or delay; easily or quickly
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Word Origin and History for readily
adv.

c.1300, from ready + -ly (2).

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