swiftly

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

Definition of swiftly

: in a swift manner : with speed : quickly

Examples of swiftly in a Sentence

swiftly established himself as a star in Hollywood
Recent Examples on the Web Pelosi received a euphoric welcome as the first U.S. House speaker, and highest ranking U.S. official, to visit Taiwan in more than 25 years, and China swiftly responded by announcing multiple military exercises nearby. David Rising, BostonGlobe.com, 3 Aug. 2022 Pelosi received a euphoric welcome as the first U.S. House speaker to visit in more than 25 years, and China swiftly responded by announcing multiple military exercises nearby. Huizhong Wu, Chicago Tribune, 3 Aug. 2022 Paperwork was handled swiftly, and funerals adhered to a strict schedule to fit as many burials into the day as possible. Carson Kessler, ProPublica, 25 July 2022 The last cabinet-level appointment made by Cox was handled much more swiftly than Ferry’s nomination. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, 15 July 2022 Russia's invasion showed Germany’s defense policy to be unwise—Scholz swiftly announced a €100 million remilitarization program—and its trade policy to be at best naïve and at worst self-serving. David Meyer, Fortune, 13 June 2022 The officers swiftly responded to the incident, shooting at the suspects multiple times before the suspects fled, police said. Lawrence Richard, Fox News, 2 May 2022 Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech—joint makers of the other leading mRNA COVID-19 vaccine—swiftly announced plans for an omicron-specific vaccine in December, before the fast-moving variant swept the globe. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 21 Apr. 2022 As a result, the world has responded swiftly in support of Ukraine. Chris Smith, BGR, 3 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of swiftly

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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8 Aug 2022

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“Swiftly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swiftly. Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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