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  1. prompt·ly
    IPA[ˈpräm(p)tlē]
  2. adverb

    • 1. with little or no delay; immediately:

      he paid the fine promptly
      Synonym : punctually, on time, on the dot, on the nail, bang on, spot on, on the button, on the knocker, quickly, swiftly, rapidly, speedily, fast, as soon as possible, ASAP, expeditiously, at once, immediately, straight away, right away, now, without delay, without hesitation, forthwith, directly, instantly, instantaneously, by return, unhesitatingly, momentarily, pronto, ASAP, p.d.q. (pretty damn quick), in double quick time
    • 2. used to express surprise, and slight disapproval, when someone does something shortly after something else:

      I won my appeal, but instead of reinstating me, they promptly sacked me again
    • 3. at exactly a specified time; punctually:

      Jamie arrived promptly at 8:30
    • adverb

      with little or no delay; immediately:

      used to express surprise, and slight disapproval, when someone does something shortly after something else:

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