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 plague moved swiftly and horribly; some contemporary accounts describe people who were healthy at sunrise and dead by sunset. Anne Thériault, Longreads, "Queens of Infamy: Joanna of Naples," 3 July 2018 Moreno-Gongora agrees with Trump that deportations should occur swiftly and en masse. Bloomberg.com, "Prisonville, Texas, Hopes to Reboot Its Economy on the Back of Trump’s Immigration Crackdown," 28 June 2018 Microsoft, more than any other traditional software company, has swiftly and profitably made the shift to delivering software as an internet service. Steve Lohr, New York Times, "Microsoft’s Cloud Has Business Booming Again," 26 Apr. 2018 Our city leaders are able to act swiftly and decisively to tackle a major crisis on our sidewalks. Heather Knight, San Francisco Chronicle, "Supervisors roll into action on the wrong San Francisco street problem — scooters," 24 Apr. 2018 Change came swiftly and dramatically on that night in Calgary, when anyone on either bench or among the near sellout crowd of 19,001 could sense that a seismic shift had taken place in the NHL. Keith Gave, Detroit Free Press, "The Russian Five is born: How iconic Red Wings changed hockey forever," 6 Apr. 2018 Behind him, Montecito Creek was rising slowly, but the water was moving swiftly and unobstructed toward the ocean, a positive sign. Robin Abcarian, latimes.com, "The Montecito nightmare that never ends. Will there be an evacuation for every storm?," 23 Mar. 2018 One new arrival has, however, been followed swiftly by a departure from the Hornets, with the club confirming on their official website that out of favour forward Mauro Zarate has left Watford to join Boca Juniors on a permanent transfer. SI.com, "Watford Confirm Departure of Attacking Star as Mauro Zarate Returns to Argentina With Boca Juniors," 6 July 2018 To its credit Iliad has reacted swiftly, by shuffling management, bringing in new talent and adjusting its broadband offer and its promotional activities. The Economist, "A maverick French telecoms firm attempts Italian conquest," 21 June 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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a state of commotion or excitement

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