- 1In a short time; soon: the new database will shortly be available for consultation the flight was hijacked shortly after takeoffMore example sentences
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 tailBritish • informal in a mo, sharpish• archaic or • informal anon• literary ere long
- 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.
- 2In a few words; briefly: they received a letter shortly outlining the proposalsMore example sentences
- 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