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Meaning & Definition of Shortly in English

English

Shortly

/ʃɔrtli/

adverb

1. For a short time

  • "He was at the airport shortly before she was expected to arrive"
    synonym:
  • shortly

2. In the near future

  • "The doctor will soon be here"
  • "The book will appear shortly"
  • "She will arrive presently"
  • "We should have news before long"
    synonym:
  • soon
  • ,
  • shortly
  • ,
  • presently
  • ,
  • before long

3. In a curt, abrupt and discourteous manner

  • "He told me curtly to get on with it"
  • "He talked short with everyone"
  • "He said shortly that he didn't like it"
    synonym:
  • curtly
  • ,
  • short
  • ,
  • shortly

4. In a concise manner

  • In a few words
  • "The history is summed up concisely in this book"
  • "She replied briefly"
  • "Briefly, we have a problem"
  • "To put it shortly"
    synonym:
  • concisely
  • ,
  • briefly
  • ,
  • shortly
  • ,
  • in brief
  • ,
  • in short

5. At a short distance

  • "The hem fell shortly below her knees"
    synonym:
  • shortly

Examples of using

Describe yourself shortly in Chinese.
We'll be back on air shortly.
The mayor of Naples has apologised to a US tourist who was beaten up by local residents shortly after he was mugged.