shortly

  • 1 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

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

    Law dictionary

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

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 shortly — *presently, soon, directly …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 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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  • 6 shortly — ► ADVERB 1) in a short time; soon. 2) in a few words; briefly. 3) abruptly, sharply, or curtly …

    English terms dictionary

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

    English World dictionary

  • 8 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… …

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  • 9 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

  • 10 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

  • 11 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

  • 12 shortly */*/*/ — UK [ˈʃɔː(r)tlɪ] / US [ˈʃɔrtlɪ] adverb 1) soon, or happening only a short period of time after 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 …

    English dictionary

  • 13 shortly — [ˈʃɔːtli] adv 1) soon, or happening within a short period of time of something We re going to break for lunch very shortly.[/ex] Police arrived at the scene shortly after midnight.[/ex] 2) if you say something shortly, you sound annoyed or rude …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 14 shortly — short, shortly adverbs. The roles of these two words are fairly clearly separated. Short usually means ‘before the expected time or place, abruptly’ (We cut short the celebration / They pulled up short), whereas shortly is most often used to mean …

    Modern English usage

  • 15 shortly — adverb Date: before 12th century 1. a. in a few words ; briefly b. in an abrupt manner 2. a. in a short time < we will be there shortly > b. at a short interval < shortly after sunset > …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 16 shortly — adverb /ʃɔːrtli/ a) In a short or brief time or manner; soon; quickly. Now have I toold you shortly in a clause b) In few words; briefly; abruptly; curtly; as, to express ideas more shortly in verse than in prose. Now that I have briefly told you …

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  • 17 shortly — adverb 1) she will be with you shortly Syn: 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 2) I know ,… …

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  • 18 shortly — adv. 1 (often foll. by before, after) before long; soon (will arrive shortly; arrived shortly after him). 2 in a few words; briefly. 3 curtly. Etymology: OE scortlice (as SHORT, LY(2)) …

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  • 19 shortly — adv. Shortly is used with these verbs: ↑answer, ↑arrive, ↑begin, ↑follow, ↑laugh, ↑release, ↑reply, ↑return, ↑say …

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  • 20 shortly — /shawrt lee/, adv. 1. in a short time; soon. 2. briefly; concisely. 3. curtly; rudely. [bef. 900; ME schortly, OE scortlice; see SHORT, LY] * * * …

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