time·​ly | \ ˈtīm-lē How to pronounce timely (audio) \
timelier; timeliest

Definition of timely

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : coming early or at the right time a timely decision timely payment
2 : appropriate or adapted to the times or the occasion a timely book



Definition of timely (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : in time : opportunely the question was not … timely raised in the state court— W. O. Douglas
2 archaic : early, soon

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timeliness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for timely

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of timely in a Sentence

Adjective Her very timely book examines the effects of global warming on the world's climates. She always responds to my requests in a timely fashion .
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The agency has come under fire in recent weeks for allowing myriad companies to offer diagnostic and antibody tests without submitting timely data for review, under its emergency use authorization policy because of the pandemic. New York Times, "F.D.A. Clears First Home Saliva Test for Coronavirus," 8 May 2020 Indeed, Barry’s thesis of a Kansas origin was based heavily on a timely alarm raised by a local Kansas doctor. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, "China in 2020 Is Not Kansas in 1918," 4 May 2020 Updates and more timely crop info can also be found on their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville farmers markets will open during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here's your 2020 guide," 29 Apr. 2020 Since then, ProPublica also has reported on Burr’s timely sale of his shares of an obscure fertilizer company and his townhouse sale to a donor and powerful lobbyist who had business before Burr’s committees. Robert Faturechi, ProPublica, "Sen. Richard Burr Is Not Just a Friend to the Health Care Industry. He’s Also a Stockholder.," 27 Apr. 2020 The lack of timely help called into question whether the US military is providing enough resources for troops undertaking dangerous missions in Africa. Eric Schmitt, BostonGlobe.com, "US military cutting medevac flights for troops in West Africa," 18 Apr. 2020 At the time of the show’s conception, pre-pandemic, its timely edge was probably supposed to be Lana, the show’s (sort of) AI referee. Emma Grey Ellis, Wired, "Too Hot to Handle," 17 Apr. 2020 Protest teapots might well be due for a timely revival. Catherine Bindman, The New York Review of Books, "Teapots, Silver, and Tapestry: The Met’s New British Galleries," 17 Apr. 2020 More importantly, if newspapers (and weekly magazines, not to mention digital media) are a rough draft of history, then so are all of these timely forms of entertainment. Judy Berman, Time, "SNL at Home Didn’t Land Every Joke—But the Effort Was Unexpectedly Moving," 12 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb On the one hand, social distancing has led to a spike in at-home media consumption, and growing numbers are turning to news providers for timely and trusted information on the crisis. Stefan Hall, Quartz India, "Coronavirus is the crisis that can show India the value of media," 3 Apr. 2020 In times of crisis, people’s health depends at minimum on free access to timely, accurate information. Kenneth Roth, The New York Review of Books, "How Authoritarians Are Exploiting the Covid-19 Crisis to Grab Power," 31 Mar. 2020 Entries are often timely, with political themes — such as portraits of President Donald Trump created from Peeps — and whatever the year's trends have been. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Green Bay Peepers, Mount Peepmore and more art made from Peeps fill the Racine Art Museum with color every spring," 13 Mar. 2020 Brown’s backing of Biden is timely, coming as voting is ongoing in Ohio’s presidential primary. Fox News, "Liberal Dem senator backs Biden, despite prior vow to stay out of primary," 8 Apr. 2020 As timely as such a story may be, Spinning Out exploits it, treating it as a melodramatic twist thereby undermining its impact. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "Female Athletes Get New Representation on TV," 14 Jan. 2020 Oregon State had 10 hits, but left 14 runners on base — including 12 in scoring position — as the Beavers repeatedly failed to produce a timely hit to break open the game. oregonlive, "Oregon State Beavers baseball suffers series sweep with 3-2 loss to UC Santa Barbara," 9 Mar. 2020 While its grim recommendations are particularly timely now, the SIAARTI document is not the first of its kind. Laura Kolbe, The New York Review of Books, "What ‘Distributive Justice’ Means for Doctors Treating Covid-19," 19 Mar. 2020 The Steven Spielberg film is more than 15 years old yet feels timely in the current travel and immigration discussion. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Let's give thanks to Tom Hanks: Watch his 10 essential feel-good roles," 18 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of timely


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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15 May 2020

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“Timely.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/timely. Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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Financial Definition of timeliness

What It Is

Timeliness is a ranking criterion of stocks based on the likely price performance of a stock over a short time period – usually less than 12 months.

How It Works

Stocks are ranked on a 1 - 5 scale, with one the highest achievable score.

1 indicates the top 100 Stocks
2 indicates above average stocks
3 indicates average stocks
4 indicates below average
5 indicates the lowest rated 100 stocks

Investors are encouraged to hold on to stocks ranked "1" or "2" and sell stocks ranked "4" or "5."

Why It Matters

Timeliness is most widely cited in reference to analysis reports by the Value Line Publishing, Inc., one of the widest read stock research publication companies. A high timeliness rating is Value Line's best expectation of price performance for any given stock.

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How to pronounce timely (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of timely

: happening at the correct or most useful time : not happening too late


time·​ly | \ ˈtīm-lē How to pronounce timely (audio) \
timelier; timeliest

Kids Definition of timely

1 : coming early or at the right time a timely payment
2 : especially suitable to the time a timely book

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time·​ly | \ ˈtīm-lē \

Legal Definition of timely

: falling within a prescribed or reasonable time timely notice

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timeliness noun
timely adverb

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