Definition of promptly in English:



  • 1With little or no delay; immediately:

    ‘he paid the fine promptly’
    • ‘Finally, about two years ago, he was arrested amidst much fanfare, only to be released promptly by a magistrate.’
    • ‘The bourgeoisie had promptly drawn their conclusion from the services rendered them by the democracy.’
    • ‘The BBC's report attracted the attention of the blogosphere, which promptly swung into action, chiefly at InstaPundit.’
    • ‘The trio then promptly lodged a rescission, along with a notice of motion proposing a nine-member council.’
    • ‘To get the death rate below 80 percent, those exposed would need to receive antibiotics promptly.’
    • ‘He moved back to Forest, who were promptly relegated.’
    • ‘There were now six candidates remaining, most of whom promptly started to bitch about the ammo requirement.’
    • ‘Well, she answered promptly to the inquiries I had in my first response to her.’
    • ‘All orders intrusted to Mr. Cook will be promptly filled.’
    • ‘First, the shooter in a controlled situation can promptly view the image displayed on the back of the camera.’
    • ‘A technologist will be there promptly to assist you.’
    • ‘In accordance with our normal procedure, we promptly placed a seven-day notice on the car.’
    • ‘The stock promptly headed for China, dropping to only $2.37 per share.’
    • ‘All invitations sent to a gentleman of any sort are promptly accepted or declined.’
    • ‘The company promptly commemorated the memorable event by posting pictures of the visit on their website.’
    • ‘Repair leaky faucets promptly; a leaky faucet wastes gallons of water in a short period.’
    • ‘Nalbandian promptly nets with a forehand to hand Henman the first set.’
    • ‘The waves caused superficial damage which will need to be repaired promptly to avoid further damage.’
    • ‘Her early attempts at providing equitable services were promptly eradicated by the feminist takeover of shelter services everywhere.’
    • ‘Complaints are dealt with promptly within clear time limits.’
    quickly, swiftly, rapidly, speedily, fast, as soon as possible, expeditiously
    punctually, on time, on the dot, on the nail
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    1. 1.1 Used to express surprise, and slight disapproval, when someone does something shortly after something else:
      ‘every time she managed to pay her credit card off, she promptly went shopping again’
      • ‘The Central Java team member was stunned 7-5 in the preliminary round of the bantamweight competition and promptly blamed lethargy and injury for the exit.’
      • ‘His on-off relationship with a famous actress results in the birth of a son whom Ellis promptly disowns.’
      • ‘The euro opened with a value of $1.17, crept up to $1.19 on its first morning of trading, and promptly started its long march south.’
      • ‘The veracity of this individual's account cannot be verified as he promptly disappeared.’
      • ‘Anyway, I went into David Jones, and, looking like the neo-hippie that I am, they promptly ignored me.’
      • ‘During his interview he certainly to put the snow job on the management team, and they promptly hired him as their head of development.’
  • 2At exactly a specified time; punctually:

    ‘Jamie arrived promptly at 8:30’
    • ‘The following afternoon, promptly at four o'clock, the Earl of Denby appeared at the front door of the Earl of Matlock carrying a bouquet of wildflowers.’
    • ‘The paper must go to press promptly at 3 o'clock.’
    • ‘The store manager walked up the temporary stage promptly at 6 PM.’
    • ‘I said no and promptly closed the door.’
    • ‘On makeover day, Sue was picked up promptly at 8: 30 a.m. by Don Curl of Mountview Dodge Chrysler Jeep.’
    • ‘It came promptly at 6: 30 a.m.’
    • ‘Leaving his Eton Square flat promptly at 7am each day, he has every hour of his players ' days programmed to the last second.’