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
Recent Examples on the Web The series first ran from 2005 to 2008 on Nickelodeon, and swiftly made a name for itself as a politically resonant, emotionally sophisticated work—one with a sprawling but meticulously plotted mythos that destined the show for cult-classic status. Alex Barasch, The New Yorker, "The Stunning Second Life of “Avatar: The Last Airbender”," 5 July 2020 Proponents of policing reforms are nervous that the momentum and the public’s interest in addressing policing practices may wane if Congress doesn’t act swiftly. Jennifer Haberkorn, Los Angeles Times, "As Congress leaves town, hopes for police reforms fade," 1 July 2020 Other branches of the military have responded swiftly to this month’s calls for racial justice: The Air Force is launching an investigation into how racial injustice affects the health of Black service members. J. Davis Winkie, The New Republic, "How the Confederates Conquered America’s “Home of the Infantry”," 26 June 2020 The mood can be best described as cautiously optimistic, with traders prepared to act swiftly if the outlook changes. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "JPMorgan thinks it's time for investors to be more selective," 22 June 2020 The Senate must act swiftly—the need for immediate connectivity and broadband access has never been greater. Essence, "Broadband Access Is A Civil Right We Can’t Afford To Lose – But Many Can’t Afford To Have," 17 June 2020 Influential boosters were pushing for the AD to talk with candidates such as Jim McElwain, Mike Leach and Les Miles, but Mullens was in a time crunch, and had to act swiftly. oregonlive, "Canzano: Football season playing right into the hands of Oregon Ducks coach Mario Cristobal," 6 June 2020 The additions to the pile have come swiftly in the days since, especially from the food and beverage sector. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "Facebook will label rule violations as Coke, Pepsi, Starbucks join ad “pause”," 29 June 2020 That afternoon, the House of Representatives, followed by the Senate, swiftly passed measures allowing a vote on the flag. Brittany Shammas, Washington Post, "Mississippi legislators expected to debate removal of Confederate icon from state flag," 28 June 2020

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First Known Use of swiftly

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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14 Jul 2020

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“Swiftly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swiftly. Accessed 15 Jul. 2020.

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