swift·​ly | \ ˈswif(t)-lē \

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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The couple met at the wedding of one of Victoria's nieces and were swiftly engaged—without asking Victoria's permission beforehand. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "What Was Queen Victoria Like as a Mother?," 13 Jan. 2019 From Ellen DeGeneres' first standup special in years to more Hallmark premieres, most of these TV shows and movies will put you in a pretty relaxed place—a good thing, because holiday madness is swiftly approaching. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "10 TV Shows and Movies to Watch This Week Before the Holidays," 16 Dec. 2018 But that geographical advantage was swiftly reinforced by the integration of Canadian and U.S. defense. Danielle Bochove, Bloomberg.com, "Trump’s Trade War Looms Over a Canadian Town Built to Supply America," 28 June 2018 There’s no particular logic to what kind of service or function is played by a character in Ralph Breaks the Internet, but the film moves so swiftly and confidently that there’s barely any time to notice. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Ralph Breaks the Internet is The Lego Movie of Disney films," 14 Nov. 2018 Nationalists took to the streets Monday to violently protest the Russian attack and praise Poroshenko for acting so swiftly. Stavros Agorakis, Vox, "Vox Sentences: Russia threatens war with Ukraine — again," 29 Nov. 2018 As Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's October 12 wedding swiftly approaches, many unanswered questions about the day remain. Kara Thompson, Town & Country, "Why Jack Brooksbank Likely Won't Sign a Prenup Before Marrying Princess Eugenie," 21 Aug. 2018 The flames roared, tree trunks burst, and propane tanks exploded as the fire swiftly gained ground. Umair Irfan, Vox, "The Paradise fire is catastrophic. And the wildfire threat to California is only growing.," 17 Nov. 2018 Jesse Ventura, the new governor of Minnesota, flexed his political muscles, and the dispute was swiftly resolved under NAFTA in the fishermen's favor. Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler, "This Tiny Minnesota Town Is Completely Surrounded by Canada," 5 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of swiftly

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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to gather or build up little by little

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