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

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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

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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 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 Any thought that the romantic and feminine atmosphere might change to accommodate the boys' tastes should be dismissed forthwith. Richard E. Farley, Town & Country, "Now That The Four Seasons Is Closing, Where Will the Power Lunch Crowd Go Next?," 26 July 2015 The Trump administration, in marked contrast, could answer all these questions forthwith. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "Why Doesn’t Trump Just Unmask the Unmasking?," 3 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of forthwith

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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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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