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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Ali the Happy VA, who blogs about working from home as a virtual assistant, suggests asking clients for feedback shortly after delivering a project so that your hard work is fresh in their minds. Jamie Ballard, Woman's Day, "How to Become a Virtual Assistant So You Can Work From Home," 7 May 2019 But recently, a sign appeared that could indicate the baby is on its way shortly—at least, according to recent speculation. Alyssa Fiorentino, House Beautiful, "There Is Now a Drone Ban Protecting Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Home," 30 Apr. 2019 Plot twist: said retirement actually had a super-short life span, as the veteran fisherman continued to document his off-camera at-sea jaunts via social media shortly after. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "This Is Why 'Deadliest Catch' Won't Feature the Time Bandit Anymore," 28 Apr. 2019 Intel executives said systems based upon the 9th-gen chips are expected to debut shortly. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel's 9th-gen mobile Core chips aim for the high end, rocking 8 cores at up to 5GHz speeds," 23 Apr. 2019 Benioff and Weiss will begin their work on the films shortly after Game of Thrones wraps this month. John Gilpatrick, Popular Mechanics, "Everything We Know About the Future of Star Wars," 10 May 2019 Unlike royal tradition, which has the mother and father posing for pictures outside of the hospital shortly after the baby is born, Meghan and Harry waited a couple of days before showing Baby Archie to the world. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, ""Riverdale" Fans are Trolling Royal Baby Archie on Twitter and I'm LIVING," 8 May 2019 Several Deadliest Catch stars shared their sympathy shortly after news of the tragedy broke, including Captain Keith Colburn. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "'Deadliest Catch' Season 15 Premiere Pays Tribute to Fishermen Who Lost Their Lives," 14 Apr. 2019 The planet of hard work and loyalty, Saturn, starts its retrograde shortly after, on Monday, April 29 (and lasts until September 18). Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, "What April's Aries Horoscope Means for You," 31 Mar. 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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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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