swift·​ly | \ ˈswif(t)-lē How to pronounce swiftly (audio) \

Definition of swiftly

: in a swift manner : with speed : quickly

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Examples of swiftly in a Sentence

swiftly established himself as a star in Hollywood

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Any kind of resistance is swiftly and mercilessly eradicated. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Handmaid's Tale and the Suffering of Women," 25 Apr. 2018 The continent boasts the world’s fastest-growing population, some of its most swiftly expanding economies and a ballooning domestic-travel market driven by Africa’s expanding middle class. ... Alexandra Wexler, WSJ, "Western Hotel Brands Supercharge African Expansion," 1 May 2019 While his British counterparts requested more time, Moreno insisted on executing Assange’s expulsion swiftly. Joshua Goodman, The Seattle Times, "After 7 long years, Assange’s capture happened quickly," 16 Apr. 2019 Many in the local theater scene swiftly condemned the review as racist. Laura Collins-hughes, New York Times, "A Play Caught in the Crossfire," 12 June 2018 Civil rights groups swiftly condemned the remarks, noting that the Supreme Court ruled in the 1982 case Plyler v. Doe that undocumented children are entitled to a public education. Moriah Balingit, Washington Post, "Lawmakers, civil rights groups call for Betsy DeVos to set the record straight on immigration and schools," 4 June 2018 Women and immigrant advocacy groups, many who have criticized medical care at immigrant detention centers, swiftly condemned the change. CBS News, "ICE ends automatic release of most pregnant detainees," 30 Mar. 2018 In Amman, Jordan, Pence will confer with King Abdullah II, who had swiftly condemned Trump's action on Jerusalem. Brian Bennett, latimes.com, "Vice President Pence heads to the Middle East with prospects for peace deal all but dashed," 19 Jan. 2018 Several congressional Democrats swiftly condemned the new policy and, of course, Republican lawmakers were largely silent. Angela Helm, The Root, "Trump to the Poor: You Must Work For Your Medicaid, Even Though 60 Percent of You Already Do," 13 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of swiftly

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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