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promptly Line breaks: prompt¦ly
Pronunciation: /ˈprɒm(p)tli/

Definition of promptly in English:


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.
informal bang on, spot on
North American informal on the button
Australian/New Zealand informal on the knocker
quickly, swiftly, rapidly, speedily, fast, as soon as possible, expeditiously;
North American momentarily
informal pronto, a.s.a.p., p.d.q. (pretty damn quick), in double quick time
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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