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  1. short·ly
  2. adverb

    • 1. in a short time; soon:

      the new database will shortly be available for consultation the flight was hijacked shortly after takeoff
      Synonym : soon, directly, presently, quite soon, in a short time, in a short/little while, at any moment/minute/second, in a moment/minute/second, in less than no time (at all), in next to no time, before long, by and by, momentarily, just now, pretty soon, any time/day/minute/second/moment now, before one knows it, before one can say Jack Robinson, in a jiffy, in two shakes of a lamb's tail, in a mo, sharpish, anon, ere long
    • 2. in a few words; briefly:

      they received a letter shortly outlining the proposals
    • 3. abruptly, sharply, or curtly:

      “Do you like football?” “I do not,” she said shortly
      Synonym : curtly, sharply, abruptly, bluntly, brusquely, tersely, in an offhand manner, gruffly, ungraciously, gracelessly, surlily, snappily, testily, tartly, rudely, discourteously, uncivilly, impolitely
    • adverb

      in a short time; soon:

      in a few words; briefly:

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