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shortly Line breaks: short¦ly
Pronunciation: /ˈʃɔːtli/

Definition of shortly in English:


1In a short time; soon: the new database will shortly be available for consultation the flight was hijacked shortly after takeoff
More example sentences
  • Details of these will be made available shortly before the summer launch.
  • Again and again we saw those pictures of the television presenter shopping in London shortly before her death.
  • I had tried a number of times to get back into writing shortly after the funeral but I soon gave up.
soon, directly, presently, quite soon, in a short time, in a short/little while, at any moment/minute/second, in a moment/minute/second, in less than no time (at all), in next to no time, before long, by and by;
North American  momentarily;
South African  just now
informal pretty soon, any time/day/minute/second/moment now, before one knows it, before one can say Jack Robinson, in a jiffy, in two shakes of a lamb's tail
British informal in a mo, sharpish
archaic or , informal anon
literary ere long
2In a few words; briefly: they received a letter shortly outlining the proposals
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  • The letter shortly, but strictly stated that her previous life and hopes were over.
  • Householders in the Borris area will receive a letter shortly advising them of the offer.
2.1Abruptly, sharply, or curtly: ‘Do you like cricket?’ ‘I do not,’ she said shortly


Old English scortlīce (see short, -ly2).

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