American English

Definition of shortly adverb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a short time; not long She arrived shortly after us. I saw him shortly before he died. I bought a new umbrella but lost it shortly afterward.
  2. 2soon I'll be ready shortly.
  3. 3in an angry and impatient way synonym sharply “Just wait a minute,” he said, shortly.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: shortly