AskDefine | Define shortly

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shortly adv
1 for a short time; "he was at the airport shortly before she was expected to arrive" [syn: 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" [syn: 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" [syn: 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" [syn: concisely, briefly, in brief, in short]
5 at a short distance; "the hem fell shortly below her knees" [syn: not far]

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  1. In a short or brief time or manner; soon; quickly.
  2. In few words; briefly; abruptly; curtly; as, to express ideas more shortly in verse than in prose.

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