prompt·​ly | \ ˈpräm(p)t-lē How to pronounce promptly (audio) , ˈpräm-plē \

Definition of promptly

1 : in a prompt manner : without delay : very quickly or immediately I'm going to speak French again, something I learned in school and promptly forgot.— Deanna Pai Treatment is promptly resumed until the virus is suppressed again, and then stopped to see if the patient's immune system is able to keep the viral levels in check.— Joan Stephenson
2 : exactly at a particular time or the correct time She arrived promptly at 7:00 p.m. as we had agreed.

First Known Use of promptly

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Promptly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of promptly

: in a prompt manner : without delay
: exactly at a particular or the correct time


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