presently

presently
presently, shortly, soon, directly are comparable when they mean after a little while or before long.
Presently carries this as its chief meaning; it is a term of rather vague implication as to the time indicated
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the doctor will be here presentl

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he said he would tell them the full story presentl

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I shall forget you presently, my dear, so make the most of this, your little day— Millay

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I cannot attend to this at once but will do so presentl

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Shortly is often less vague as to the exact time indicated; it frequently retains one of its earlier implications of following quickly or with little delay
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your father will be home shortly, for it is after five o'clock

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the ship will leave the wharf shortly, but perhaps you can catch it

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the two concluding volumes which will appear shortly—P. H. Douglas

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questions of vital importance came up for solution shortly after his appointment— Knott

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Soon (see also EARLY) implies that the thing narrated or predicted happened or will happen without much loss of time; otherwise the term is indefinite and may suggest any length of time that seems short, depending on the nature of the matter involved
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they will soon repent their anger

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the rout soon became general

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the doctor will see you very soon

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the plants soon took root

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Directly often replaces its more basic sense of without delay by a value in which it is interchangeable with shortly and implies with little, or a minimum of, delay
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I shall be back directly after sundown— Hichens

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I expect Rachel in directly, as she said she should not stay a moment— Henning

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  • Presently — Pres ent*ly, adv. 1. At present; at this time; now. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] The towns and forts you presently have. Sir P. Sidney. [1913 Webster] 2. At once; without delay; forthwith; also, less definitely, soon; shortly; before long; after a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • presently — There are two meanings which serve well to illustrate the interactions of British and American English. The older meaning ‘at the present time, now’ dates from the 15c and is still the dominant meaning in AmE. In BrE it has been largely overtaken …   Modern English usage

  • presently — index in due course, instantly Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • presently — (adv.) late 14c., immediately, at this time, from PRESENT (Cf. present) (adj.) + LY (Cf. ly) (2). By 1560s it had relaxed into sooner or later …   Etymology dictionary

  • presently — [adv] in a short while anon, before long, before you know it, by and by, directly, down the line*, down the pike*, down the road*, immediately, in a minute, in a moment, in a short time, now, nowadays, pretty soon, shortly, soon, today, without… …   New thesaurus

  • presently — ► ADVERB 1) after a short time; soon. 2) at the present time; now …   English terms dictionary

  • presently — [prez′ənt lē] adv. 1. in a little while; soon 2. at present; now: a usage objected to by some 3. Archaic at once; instantly …   English World dictionary

  • presently — [[t]pre̱z(ə)ntli[/t]] 1) ADV: ADV before v, ADV group If you say that something is presently happening, you mean that it is happening now. She is presently developing a number of projects... The island is presently uninhabited... He is presently… …   English dictionary

  • presently — /prez euhnt lee/, adv. 1. in a little while; soon: They will be here presently. 2. at the present time; now: He is presently out of the country. 3. Archaic. immediately. [1350 1400; ME; see PRESENT1, LY] Syn. 1. shortly, forthwith. Ant. 1. later …   Universalium

  • presently — adverb formal 1 in a short time; soon: The doctor will be here presently. | Presently a bell rang and they all trooped into school. 2 especially AmE and ScotE now; at this time: Scientists are presently working on identifying the cause of the… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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