Definition of promptly in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpräm(p)tlē/


1With little or no delay; immediately: he paid the fine promptly
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  • All invitations sent to a gentleman of any sort are promptly accepted or declined.
  • All orders intrusted to Mr. Cook will be promptly filled.
  • The waves caused superficial damage which will need to be repaired promptly to avoid further damage.
punctually, on time
informal bang on, on the button, on the dot, on the nose
without delay, straightaway, right away, at once, immediately, now, as soon as possible;
quickly, swiftly, rapidly, speedily, fast, expeditiously, momentarily
informal pronto, ASAP, pretty damn quick, PDQ
1.1Used to express surprise, and slight disapproval, when someone does something shortly after something else: every time she managed to pay her credit card off, she promptly went shopping again
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  • His on-off relationship with a famous actress results in the birth of a son whom Ellis promptly disowns.
  • The veracity of this individual's account cannot be verified as he promptly disappeared.
  • Anyway, I went into David Jones, and, looking like the neo-hippie that I am, they promptly ignored me.
2At exactly a specified time; punctually: Jamie arrived promptly at 8:30
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  • The store manager walked up the temporary stage promptly at 6 PM.
  • The paper must go to press promptly at 3 o'clock.
  • On makeover day, Sue was picked up promptly at 8: 30 a.m. by Don Curl of Mountview Dodge Chrysler Jeep.

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Syllabification: prompt·ly

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