short·​ly | \ ˈshȯrt-lē How to pronounce shortly (audio) \

Definition of shortly

1a : in a few words : briefly
b : in an abrupt manner
2a : in a short time we will be there shortly
b : at a short interval shortly after sunset

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Examples of shortly in a Sentence

He left shortly after you did. “I can't help you right now,” he said shortly.

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Police radios issued lookout bulletins for the vehicle shortly after the shooting. Carol Robinson |,, "Man killed in drive-by shooting outside Birmingham motorcycle club identified," 8 July 2019 According to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, the incident was reported shortly after 3:45 a.m. Sunday in the 800 block of Chaplewood Boulevard, near 10th Street and North Girls School Road. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Man dead, woman wounded in west-side stabbing," 7 July 2019 But shortly after Amash made his announcement Thursday, national handicapper Larry Sabato of the University of Virginia moved Michigan's 3rd District from likely GOP to toss-up. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "How Justin Amash's July 4 bombshell is igniting political fireworks," 7 July 2019 In fact, Bamba threw down a two-handed dunk shortly after the tremors. Roy Parry,, "Magic center Mo Bamba returns to court, shines in Summer League opener," 6 July 2019 The truck was taken from the Oakland Fire Department’s Station 23 on Foothill Boulevard in East Oakland shortly after a passerby reported someone suspicious lurking around the station while firefighters were on a call. Michael Cabanatuan,, "CHP chases stolen firetruck from Oakland to Vacaville," 6 July 2019 And at the end of April, the Kaspersky researchers also discovered indications that Barium has used a supply chain attack shortly after the Asus assault to compromise Microsoft's development tool Visual Studio. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "The Biggest Cybersecurity Crises of 2019 So Far," 5 July 2019 The top prospect in the city’s high school 2020 class, Young committed to Kentucky shortly after the conclusion of the NFL draft in April. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Where top 2020 Kentucky high school football recruits are headed," 5 July 2019 On December 17, two B-1Bs, joined by Navy escorts, crossed over the Iraqi border shortly after 1 a.m. local time, cruising near 550 miles per hour. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, "Why the B-1 Bomber Is Such a Badass Plane," 2 July 2019

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First Known Use of shortly

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of shortly

: in or within a short time
: in a very brief and unfriendly way


short·​ly | \ ˈshȯrt-lē How to pronounce shortly (audio) \

Kids Definition of shortly

1 : in or within a short time : soon They should arrive shortly.
2 : in a brief way that shows anger or disapproval She spoke shortly.

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