Usage note: presentlyIn both British English and North American English, presently can mean ‘soon’ or ‘after a short time’:I’ll be with you presently. In North American English the usual meaning of presently is ‘at the present time’ or ‘now’:She is presently living in Milan. ◇ There is presently no cure for the disease. This use is becoming more accepted in British English, but at present or currently are usually used.
1 (especially North American English) at the time you are speaking or writing; now
ˈprezntli ; ˈprezntli
SynonymcurrentlyThe crime is presently being investigated by the police.These are the courses presently available.
HelpIn this meaning presently usually comes before the verb, adjective or noun that it refers to.2 used to show that something happened after a short timePresently, the door opened again and three men stepped out.
HelpIn this meaning presently usually comes at the beginning of a sentence.3 used to show that something will happen soon
SynonymshortlyShe'll be here presently.
HelpIn this meaning presently usually comes at the end of a sentence.