forth·​with | \ (ˌ)fȯrth-ˈwith How to pronounce forthwith (audio) also -ˈwit͟h \

Definition of forthwith

: without any delay : immediately sense 1 I heard it give a peculiar thick cry, and forthwith another of these creatures appeared darkly in the deep shadow of the aperture.— H. G. Wells The Creeks claimed him as of their own blood, and instinctively felt that he was their only possible ruler. He was forthwith chosen to be their head chief.— Theodore Roosevelt … the Ministry of Magic has revised its decision to destroy your wand forthwith. You may retain your wand until your disciplinary hearing on 12th August, at which time an official decision will be taken.— J. K. Rowling

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Examples of forthwith in a Sentence

The court ordered the company to cease operations forthwith. if the fire alarm rings, leave the building forthwith
Recent Examples on the Web On September 21st the transport secretary, Grant Shapps, declared that the model of railway privatisation that Britain has followed for the past two and a half decades had stopped working, and would end forthwith. The Economist, "Railways Britain’s experiment in radical rail privatisation is over," 26 Sep. 2020 Our new-ish national nightmare continues, so forthwith here is the latest edition of the New Normal, a (sorta) lighthearted roundup of news-you-can-use and other tidbits in the time of epidemic. Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje,, "The New Normal: Second workweek begins — and we’re all trapped in ‘Groundhog Day’," 23 Mar. 2020 What is already clear is that the Sussexes intend forthwith to redraw the lines of engagement with the press. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Royal Flush," 10 Jan. 2020 Take the Green New Deal resolution and put it to a vote forthwith on the House and Senate floor. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Vote on the Green New Deal," 11 Feb. 2019 The General Secretary would like a recording of the performance and is sending men over to retrieve it forthwith. Christopher Orr, The Atlantic, "The Death of Stalin Is a Wicked Farce," 16 Mar. 2018 Everybody like Brennan, like Clapper, like McCabe who have demonstrated their partisanship should be stripped of their clearances forthwith. Fox News, "Rep. Matt Gaetz reacts to Bruce Ohr's notes about Steele," 17 Aug. 2018 Take the Green New Deal resolution and put it to a vote forthwith on the House and Senate floor. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Vote on the Green New Deal," 11 Feb. 2019 But more than a few viewers will nonetheless chuckle in grim amusement and resolve to liquidate their own social-media profiles forthwith. Justin Chang,, "Claire Foy plays a woman in peril in Steven Soderbergh's smart, unnerving psychothriller 'Unsane'," 22 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of forthwith

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Forthwith.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of forthwith

formal : without delay


forth·​with | \ fȯrth-ˈwit͟h How to pronounce forthwith (audio) , -ˈwith \

Kids Definition of forthwith

: without delay : immediately left forthwith

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