shortly

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adverb short·ly \ˈshȯrt-lē\

Definition of shortly

  1. 1a :  in a few words :  brieflyb :  in an abrupt manner

  2. 2a :  in a short time we will be there shortlyb :  at a short interval shortly after sunset

Examples of shortly in a sentence

  1. He left shortly after you did.

  2. I can't help you right now, he said shortly.

Before 12th Century

First Known Use of shortly

before 12th century



SHORTLY Defined for English Language Learners

shortly

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adverb short·ly \ˈshȯrt-lē\

Definition of shortly for English Language Learners

  • : in or within a short time

  • : in a very brief and unfriendly way


SHORTLY Defined for Kids

shortly

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adverb short·ly \ˈshȯrt-lē\

Definition of shortly for Students

  1. 1 :  in or within a short time :  soon They should arrive shortly.

  2. 2 :  in a brief way that shows anger or disapproval She spoke shortly.



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