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.
Recent Examples on the Web In 2004, shortly after Gmail launched, Varda graduated college and registered Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "How Thousands of Misplaced Emails Took Over This Engineer's Inbox," 25 June 2020 The father and son were not arrested until May, shortly after the video footage taken by Bryan was released. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "Three men indicted on murder charges in shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery," 24 June 2020 According to Fort Bend County Sheriff Department officials, deputies were dispatched shortly after 1 am. Kristi Nix, Houston Chronicle, "Sugar Land teen jailed following late-night shooting in Richmond," 24 June 2020 Renee Gorham joined Toro Bravo shortly after the restaurant opened in 2007. oregonlive, "Renee Gorham takes over Toro Bravo restaurants after husband John’s Facebook meltdown," 24 June 2020 Adams, who was in an unmarked police car, began pursuing the Corolla, and shortly after IMPD Chief Randal Taylor joined the chase in a separate unmarked car. Brooke Kemp, The Indianapolis Star, "Shootings of Dreasjon Reed and McHale Rose: Where the cases stand," 24 June 2020 The noose was found Sunday, less than two weeks after the league prohibited Confederate flags on its properties and at its events — a move that came shortly after Wallace called on NASCAR to enact such a ban. NBC News, "Bubba Wallace 'relieved' by FBI finding no crime in noose but frustrated by reaction," 24 June 2020 Someone can be seen slapping the bill of Talcott’s baseball cap shortly before the video cuts out. Fox News, "Daily Caller reporter swarmed, shoved by protesters before police intervene: report," 23 June 2020 President Trump said the U.S.-China trade deal remains in place shortly after a senior aide appeared to say on national television that the agreement was over, prompting confusion among investors. Andrew Restuccia And Alex Leary, WSJ, "China Trade Deal ‘Fully Intact,’ Trump Says, as Top Adviser Stirs Confusion," 23 June 2020

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First Known Use of shortly

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

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The first known use of shortly was before the 12th century

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“Shortly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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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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