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Definition of 'shortly'


  1. for a short time; "he was at the airport shortly before she was expected to arrive"
       Synonyms: not long
  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"
       Synonyms: soon 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"
       Synonyms: curtly short
  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"
       Synonyms: concisely briefly in brief in short
  5. at a short distance; "the hem fell shortly below her knees"
       Synonyms: not far

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