shortly

adverb
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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In 1942, shortly after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, Ted Bell left his college in Idaho and joined the United States Marine Corps. Chuck Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "The State of American Trade Schools," 13 Mar. 2019 The board learned of the depth of the problems in September 2017, according to the Journal, and GE acknowledged them publicly shortly after. Michael Rapoport, WSJ, "How GE Built Up and Wrote Down $22 Billion in Assets," 13 Mar. 2019 Since perforation most commonly occurs shortly after insertion, that could mean getting your IUD taken out way before its deadline. Korin Miller, SELF, "When Is It OK to Get Your IUD Removed?," 12 Mar. 2019 Lori gave birth to daughters Bella and Olivia shortly after. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Everything to Know About Lori Loughlin's Kids, Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose," 12 Mar. 2019 Antonio Pastini was killed when the twin-engine plane broke up shortly after takeoff and fell in pieces in Yorba Linda, igniting a fire in a home where four people died on Sunday. John Antczak, The Seattle Times, "Police: Pilot in fatal California crash had fake records," 6 Feb. 2019 Officials and witnesses differed on whether the plane either fell shortly after takeoff or ran off the runway without really gaining altitude. Fox News, "Airliner crashes in northern Mexico; no deaths, 37 injured," 31 July 2018 That change was made a century ago, meaning the Constitution hasn’t been updated to reflect women’s rights since shortly after the invention of the bra. Chloe Angyal, Marie Claire, "Kamala Harris Says It’s Time To Make Women Full Citizens At Last," 27 Feb. 2019 The car started making unusual noises, and shortly after that caught fire. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "A Tesla Burnt To a Crisp on a Vermont Lake. We Walked Out There and Found It.," 27 Feb. 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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shortly

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of shortly

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

shortly

adverb
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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