Definition of shortly in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈSHôrtlē/


1In a short time; soon: the new database will shortly be available for consultation the flight was hijacked shortly after takeoff
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  • 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, presently, momentarily, in a little while, at any moment, in a minute, in next to no time, before long, by and by
informal anon, any time now, pretty soon, in a jiffy
dated directly
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 football?” “I do not,” she said shortly


Old English scortlīce (see short, -ly2).

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Syllabification: short·ly

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