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readiness

(red′ē-nĕs)
1. Preparation for an event or a task.
2. In psychology, the capability or willingness to learn something new; openness.

school readiness

An educational milestone in the development of a child, experienced when he or she is independent and mature enough to listen, work, and play in a structured learning environment.
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Beth ate no more, but crept away to sit in her shadowy corner and brood over the delight to come, till the others were ready.
So, if you're ready, boys, we'll just waltz down to Thompson's and pack up the shanty.
She said that when she told those people I was The Boss, it hit them where they lived: "smote them sore with fear and dread" was her word; and then they were ready to put up with anything she might require.
He had had them two papers all fixed and ready, and he had put one of them in place of t'other right under our noses.
Lecount," said Noel Vanstone, as soon as the coachman closed the door, "did I hear you tell that man we should be ready in half an hour?
They were on board when the Henrietta made ready to weigh anchor.
This plan succeeded; and Signor Pastrini himself ran to him, excusing himself for having made his excellency wait, scolding the waiters, taking the candlestick from the porter, who was ready to pounce on the traveller and was about to lead him to Albert, when Morcerf himself appeared.
You are right, madame," said the king, "and I am ready to retire to my room when you have kissed me.
On seating himself in a lodge, he lays it beside him, ready to be snatched up; when he goes out, he takes it up as regularly as a citizen would his walking-staff.
The eyes that shed those glances were really not half so fine as Adam's, which sometimes looked at her with a sad, beseeching tenderness, but they had found a ready medium in Hetty's little silly imagination, whereas Adam's could get no entrance through that atmosphere.
I shall be at Portsmouth the morning after you receive this, and hope to find you ready to set off for Mansfield.
Influenced by these representations, the British government ordered the frigate Phoebe to be detached as a convoy for the armed ship, Isaac Todd, which was ready to sail with men and munitions for forming a new establishment.