Definition of quickly in English:



  • 1At a fast speed; rapidly.

    ‘Reg's illness progressed frighteningly quickly’
    • ‘The goldfields rebellion did not last very long and government forces quickly overran the Eureka stockade.’
    • ‘I never expected it to get so dark so early so quickly.’
    • ‘His father, Sati, quickly wipes his face with a damp cloth.’
    • ‘Thanks to the sincere efforts of her family I quickly recovered my health.’
    • ‘The young are born with soft spines that quickly harden.’
    • ‘And we are going to need to get it back in order as quickly as possible.’
    • ‘The point is how quickly profound changes come upon us.’
    • ‘However, liability - a not-insignificant fear for automakers - may be one reason costs aren't dropping as quickly as they might.’
    • ‘In contrast, the flexible protein structures in a bobtail squid's platelets can quickly change configuration.’
    • ‘Using the flashlight, I'm able to find them pretty quickly.’
    • ‘He still drives for me occasionally and maintains some bushes and plants but he tires quickly.’
    • ‘Rotterdam was eminently forgettable and we passed through it quickly.’
    • ‘Officials said the fire was caused by an air conditioner short-circuit that ignited bedding and curtains and spread quickly through the prison.’
    • ‘But he has, by all accounts, made up ground quickly.’
    • ‘But McClellan did not move quickly enough and within twenty-four hours, Lee learned of his danger and pulled his troops to Sharpsburg.’
    • ‘People prone to severe allergic reactions need to carry an adrenaline injector pen that can help reverse the symptoms quickly.’
    • ‘Finding new ways to reach good decisions quickly is the key to making the selling of protection contracts once more universally attractive to mortgage advisers.’
    • ‘He said at one point two police horses began to move quickly through the crowd, police on foot running behind them.’
    • ‘The engine heat quickly dried them out.’
    • ‘In order to defy revolutionaries it is a vital necessity to restore normality as quickly as possible.’
    fast, swiftly, rapidly, speedily, at high speed, with all speed, at speed, at full speed, at the speed of light, at full tilt, as fast as one's legs can carry one, at a gallop, briskly, at the double, post-haste, with all possible haste, like a whirlwind, like an arrow from a bow, at breakneck speed, expeditiously, madly, hotfoot, with dispatch
    briefly, fleetingly, briskly
    immediately, directly, at once, now, straight away, right away, instantly, forthwith, as soon as possible, shortly, without delay, without further ado, without more ado, instantaneously, expeditiously, suddenly, abruptly
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    1. 1.1With little or no delay; promptly.
      ‘we moved quickly to deal with our auditor's questions’
      • ‘They have established a ' helpdesk ' facility to ensure businesses get advice and support quickly and easily.’
      • ‘But once on dry land, it was quickly back on course.’
      • ‘So I hugged Lisa and headed quickly to work.’
      • ‘Fighting my way through the festival-goers, I quickly realise that I am the least made-up man around.’
      • ‘There is also the question of whether the former home secretary, David Blunkett, returns quickly.’
      • ‘Darcy got up quickly swearing softly beneath his breath.’
      • ‘Anybody thinking of taking out serious illness insurance needs to act quickly.’
      • ‘The American family quickly learns that Yoko is in some sort of conflict with her parents, especially her stern father.’
      • ‘Having come to such a conclusion she quickly told herself that she had no interest in Edmund Darcy romantically whatsoever.’
      • ‘They were the first to introduce a 24-hour helpline - a move other providers quickly copied.’
      • ‘Key to future success will be the degree to which organizations respond quickly to change.’
      • ‘Shayne, disconcerted by the sudden invitation, answered quickly, "That would take a bit of negotiation with my husband."’
      • ‘The biggest concern from licensees was getting phones to market quickly.’
      • ‘The married father-of-four quickly alerted the bus driver, who was unaware Gloria was being crushed.’
      • ‘Of course, anyone organising such a lobby or leaflet needs to consult quickly with the best informed militants in the union.’
      • ‘Jake offers him a hundred francs, which Harvey quickly accepts.’
      • ‘Many entrepreneurs in cyberspace are quickly re-learning Newton's law of gravity.’
      • ‘The microphone was then quickly passed to a delegate from Venezuela.’
      • ‘At the same time, the boy was enrolled at the musical school run by Antonio Salieri, where he quickly caught the attention of the famous composer.’
      • ‘The trail quickly led to Marshal South, the mountain's most famous human resident.’