short·ly | \ˈshȯrt-lē \

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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At the time, Engler said a national search will begin shortly for a permanent athletic director and that no internal candidates from MSU will be considered. David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State to name Bill Beekman permanent athletic director on Monday," 13 July 2018 Heart beats per minute more than doubled from an average 70 beforehand to 153 shortly after the ride had begun. Richard Stephens, Smithsonian, "The History and Psychology of Roller Coasters," 12 July 2018 Jalynne had two early-term miscarriages, one shortly after Jennifer’s death. John Shea,, "Brandon Crawford’s All-Star journey: From family tragedy to national spotlight," 12 July 2018 Crews were called to the area shortly after 8 a.m. The dog fell about 6 feet into the sewer, officials said. Lavendrick Smith, charlotteobserver, "A puppy fell deep inside a sewer pipe in Ballantyne. Here’s how it was rescued.," 12 July 2018 Ilyasova agreed to the deal shortly after free agency began at 12:01 a.m. Sunday. Keith Pompey,, "Ersan Ilyasova to leave Sixers, sign with Bucks as NBA free agency opens," 1 July 2018 The incident began shortly before midnight when officers responded to multiple calls about a possible suicidal man at the 1100 block of Tennessee Avenue, Sgt. Lisa Maria Garza,, "St. Cloud officer shoots man who raised gun at police, spokesman says," 24 June 2018 Like several other fireworks shops in Georgia, this store opened shortly after fireworks sales became legal in Georgia in 2015. Helena Oliviero, ajc, "Why fireworks in Georgia boom well after the 4th of July," 10 July 2018 Local police, who initially ruled the death a suicide, stopped taking questions shortly after his role in the campaign became widely known. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Will Trump Be Meeting With His Counterpart — Or His Handler?," 8 July 2018

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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 \

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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