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 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is investigating the issue of ambulance diversion, including the consequences when people don't get timely care from hospitals. Kevin Crowe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ambulance Diversion: Hidden problem costs lives, doesn't fix hospital overcrowding," 22 Nov. 2019 Making abrupt or impromptu changes can work at cross-purposes with your desire to achieve key goals in a timely fashion. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Nov. 20, 2019: Aries, don’t change horses midstream; Sagittarius, make practical purchases," 20 Nov. 2019 The ability to ask the boss any question in a timely fashion was a powerful symbol of employee empowerment. Wired, "Google Shakes Up Its 'TGIF'—and Ends Its Culture of Openness," 19 Nov. 2019 Treat yourself to something new and timely, or better yet, gift one this upcoming holiday season. Vogue, "11 Timeless Watches for Under $200 to Mark the End of Daylight Saving," 3 Nov. 2019 But even third-string freshman Luke McCaffrey moved the ball effectively, and Nebraska was aided the entire afternoon by timely (and costly, and avoidable) IU penalties. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana wins at Nebraska, becomes bowl eligible before Halloween for first time since 1993," 26 Oct. 2019 The report highlights the urgency of timely, ambitious, coordinated, and enduring actions. Alejandra Borunda, National Geographic, "Oceans and ice are absorbing the brunt of climate change," 25 Sep. 2019 The best way to get ahead is to do what’s expected of you in a timely fashion. Eugenia Last, The Mercury News, "Horoscopes: Sept. 23, 2019," 23 Sep. 2019 Technology can make fast food faster, helping the company cycle through customers in a more timely fashion. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Why McDonald’s Keeps Buying Tech Companies," 10 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb But its central theme will probably always seem timely, because every political creed must eventually face the question of whether noble ends can justify evil means. Adam Kirsch, The New Yorker, "The Desperate Plight Behind “Darkness at Noon”," 23 Sep. 2019 Blue-ring bites occur each year in Australia, but timely, vigorous artificial respiration usually prevents fatalities; only three have been confirmed during the past century, none involving aquariums. Eric Scigliano, National Geographic, "Is it wrong to keep octopuses in captivity?," 15 Oct. 2019 Plus, a revival of a show this iconic would serve to be very timely, especially since major neighborhoods like Brooklyn are experiencing gentrification in real-time. EW.com, "3 reasons why it's time for a Living Single revival," 14 Oct. 2019 Faulconer was fined $4,000 for failing to timely disclose seven contributions totaling $67,500 made at his request to One San Diego, a local nonprofit established partly to support his office. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Faulconer, council candidates fined for violating city transparency laws," 13 Aug. 2019 Lions rookie linebacker Jahlani Tavai, filling in for an injured veteran, made a timely hit to jar the ball from the leaping tailback. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Mistake-filled Chargers loss seems oh-so-familiar," 15 Sep. 2019 Play clocks demand that the action starts back up in a timely matter. Justin Maskulinski, Houston Chronicle, "Patience has paid off for Conroe QB Christian Pack," 24 Aug. 2019 This time it’s an all-too-timely far-right white supremacist militia destined for comeuppance. Richard Lipez, Washington Post, "White supremacists are the eerily relevant villains in Karin Slaughter’s new novel," 14 Aug. 2019 Arden Hills officials have said the county has not shared its goals about the project with them in a timely matter — if at all — and still wish to partner on the project. Tad Vezner, Twin Cities, "Advocacy group asks to join Ramsey County TCAAP suit against Arden Hills," 10 July 2019

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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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28 Nov 2019

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“Timely.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/timely. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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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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