abrupt·​ly ə-ˈbrəp(t)-lē How to pronounce abruptly (audio)
: in an abrupt manner : in a sudden and unexpected way
He left abruptly.
The car swerved abruptly onto the exit ramp.
Her career as a psychologist ended abruptly several years ago when a hacker broke into some of her private client files and made them public …Michael Logan
The small, rocky Anacapa Island [California] has steep cliffs which rise abruptly from the ocean on almost every side …David J. Rutherford

Examples of abruptly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The crypto exchange filed for bankruptcy in November after depositors and investors abruptly withdrew funds from the platform amid concerns about FTX’s ties to its sister hedge fund, Alameda Research. Allison Morrow, CNN, 13 Sep. 2023 After the 0-0 game between Manchester Valley and Harford Tech ended abruptly and deemed a tie after lighting was reported in the midst of overtime, Mavericks head coach John Woodley was all smiles. Timothy Dashiell, Baltimore Sun, 12 Sep. 2023 But much of those revenues disappeared when COVID abruptly shut down company and college cafeterias, Commonwealth’s main customers. BostonGlobe.com, 11 Sep. 2023 Many forecast models then turn Lee abruptly northward. Leigh Morgan, al, 7 Sep. 2023 Trial abruptly adjourns for the day The first day of Paxton’s impeachment trial ended about an hour earlier than expected. Aarón Torres, Dallas News, 7 Sep. 2023 Back in May, the West Virginia lawmaker abruptly canceled a committee vote to advance the nominee to the Senate floor, citing concerns about the appliance efficiency rules. Nancy Vu, Washington Examiner, 7 Sep. 2023 This incident comes a month after McConnell abruptly stopped speaking and stood silently for roughly 28 seconds during a press conference and had to be escorted away from a lectern by his Republican colleagues. Sudiksha Kochi, USA TODAY, 3 Sep. 2023 Temperatures hit 118 degrees just as smugglers abruptly began steering migrants from Africa and Asia here to request asylum. Anita Snow The Associated Press, Arkansas Online, 2 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1565, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of abruptly was in 1565

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“Abruptly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abruptly. Accessed 21 Sep. 2023.

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