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Dictionary definition for: Shortly

1. (r) for a short time; "he was at the airport shortly before she was expected to arrive"

2. (r) 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"

3. (r) 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"

4. (r) 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"

5. (r) at a short distance; "the hem fell shortly below her knees"

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