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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Most swiftly circled back to the banks of the pond, beaching themselves. Bruce Finley, The Denver Post, "Battle to save Colorado high-country toads goes microbial with ground-breaking Purple Rain treatment," 13 July 2019 For his part, former vice president Joe Biden, the swiftly sliding Democratic front-runner, recommends — what else? — a tax increase. Deroy Murdock, National Review, "Democratic Presidential Contenders Prescribe Big Government Snake Oil," 11 July 2019 The volunteers provide the workforce, which enables communities to address their animal needs swiftly and efficiently. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "East Bay shelters get help with flu-quarantined dogs," 11 July 2019 Mom-and-pop stores work as intermediaries for cash-transfer firms, allowing locals to send and receive cash swiftly. The Economist, "Myanmar’s countryside is emptying and its cities bursting," 11 July 2019 These glances are prompted in large measure because of regrets that the prize once won was so swiftly abandoned and because other nations, China and India especially, have aspirations too, heavens to conquer and rivals to impress, or intimidate. David Shribman, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column One: 50 years after Apollo 11, the moon’s allure still resonates," 11 July 2019 Thank you to all the Pgh international Airport Escorts that were so very kind & the hot firemen who swiftly got me on my feet, into my chair & on my way!!! . . . . Leah Rocketto, Woman's Day, ""Dance Moms" Star Abby Lee Miller Fell Out Of Her Wheelchair at the Airport," 10 July 2019 Moderates pressured members within the caucus to swiftly pass a bill and clear the humanitarian aid before the week-long July 4 recess. Dallas News, "Texans Cornyn, Cuellar among top recipients of campaign donations from private detention company PAC," 10 July 2019 Now the money is flowing — swiftly — in the opposite direction, with the city preparing to pay about $75 a ton to get rid of the same stuff. Don Stacom, courant.com, "As trade war spurs dramatic upheaval in the market for recyclables, Connecticut communities lose hundreds of thousands of dollars," 9 July 2019

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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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