AskDefine | Define promptly

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promptly adv
1 with little or no delay; "the rescue squad arrived promptly"; "come here, quick!" [syn: quickly, quick]
2 in a punctual manner; "he did his homework promptly" [syn: readily, pronto, without delay]
3 at once (usually modifies an undesirable occurrence); "he promptly forgot the address" [syn: right away]

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  1. In prompt manner; both soon and quickly.
    He promptly got a new job.


Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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