- 1 at the time you are speaking or writing; now synonym currently The crime is presently being investigated by the police. These are the courses presently available. In this meaning presently usually comes before the verb, adjective, or noun that it refers to.
- 2used to show that something happened after a short time Presently, the door opened again and three men stepped out. In this meaning presently usually comes at the beginning of a sentence.
- 3used to show that something will happen soon synonym shortly She'll be here presently. In this meaning presently usually comes at the end of a sentence.