prompt·​ly ˈpräm(p)t-lē How to pronounce promptly (audio)
: in a prompt manner : without delay : very quickly or immediately
I'm going to speak French again, something I learned in school and promptly forgot.Deanna Pai
Treatment is promptly resumed until the virus is suppressed again, and then stopped to see if the patient's immune system is able to keep the viral levels in check.Joan Stephenson
: exactly at a particular time or the correct time
She arrived promptly at 7:00 p.m. as we had agreed.

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Her campaign will continue to work with the proper authorities to promptly determine the best course of action for disposing of the contribution. Arpan Lobo, Detroit Free Press, 5 Mar. 2023 The Mariners, who parted with pitching prospects Brandon Williamson and Connor Phillips in their trade for Winker, promptly dealt Winker to the Milwaukee Brewers in December for second baseman Kolten Wong. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, 5 Mar. 2023 Wall Street promptly punished Google parent Alphabet, sending its shares down sharply. Bysteve Mollman, Fortune, 4 Mar. 2023 Katz famously got his start on the red carpet in 1992, when he was asked to visit an unknown Sharon Stone on the set of Basic Instinct, and then promptly declined her request to borrow his jewelry for the film’s red carpet premiere. Victoria Gomelsky, Robb Report, 3 Mar. 2023 When the aberrant samples, enriched to 83.7 percent, were found at the Fordow facility, about 20 miles northeast of the city of Qom, the IAEA promptly notified Tehran and asked for an explanation. Joby Warrick, Washington Post, 2 Mar. 2023 After sitting the second part of the first quarter, Durant returned to the floor to start the second and promptly hit a 3-pointer just 7 seconds in. Jace Evans, USA TODAY, 2 Mar. 2023 In confronting him about his possible infidelity, Ed promptly requested that Liz return her engagement ring. Dory Jackson, Peoplemag, 2 Mar. 2023 Since then, the Rockets have been promptly outclassed by a pair of Western Conference contenders, illustrating just how far this young group has to go. Michael Shapiro, Chron, 1 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of promptly was in the 15th century

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“Promptly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Mar. 2023.

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