shortly [adv] right away anon, any minute now, before long, by and by, in a little while, presently, proximately, quickly, soon; concept 820 —Ant. later

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  • Shortly — Short ly, adv. [AS. sceortlice.] 1. In a short or brief time or manner; soon; quickly. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] I shall grow jealous of you shortly. Shak. [1913 Webster] The armies came shortly in view of each other. Clarendon. [1913 Webster] 2.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • shortly — index in due course, instantly Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • shortly — O.E. scortlice “briefly,” also, in late O.E., “in short time;” from SHORT (Cf. short) + LY (Cf. ly) (2) …   Etymology dictionary

  • shortly — *presently, soon, directly …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • shortly — ► ADVERB 1) in a short time; soon. 2) in a few words; briefly. 3) abruptly, sharply, or curtly …   English terms dictionary

  • shortly — [shôrt′lē] adv. 1. in a few words; briefly 2. in a short time; soon 3. abruptly and rudely; curtly …   English World dictionary

  • shortly — [[t]ʃɔ͟ː(r)tli[/t]] ♦♦♦ 1) ADV GRADED: ADV with v, ADV after/before n, ADV adv If something happens shortly after or before something else, it happens not long after or before it. If something is going to happen shortly, it is going to happen… …   English dictionary

  • shortly — short|ly [ ʃɔrtli ] adverb *** 1. ) soon, or happening within a short period of time of something: We re going to break for lunch very shortly. shortly after/before: Police arrived at the scene shortly after midnight. 2. ) if you say something… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • shortly — short|ly W3 [ˈʃo:tli US ˈʃo:rt ] adv 1.) soon ▪ Ms Jones will be back shortly. shortly before/after sth ▪ The accident happened shortly before midday. 2.) written speaking in an impatient and unfriendly way ▪ I ve explained that already, Rod said …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • shortly — adverb 1 soon: Ms Jones will be back shortly. | shortly before/after: The accident happened shortly before midday. 2 speaking impatiently: “I ve explained that already,” Rod said shortly …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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