Definition of presently adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈprezntli//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈprezntli//
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  1. 1(especially North American English) 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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. British/​Americanpresently In 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.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: presently