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"presently" in British English

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presentlyadverb

uk   us   /ˈprez.ənt.li/
  • presently adverb (SOON)

old-fashioned soon; not at the ​presenttime but in the ​future, after a ​shorttime: The ​room was ​hot and presently her ​eyesgrewheavy and she ​began to ​feelsleepy.
(Definition of presently from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"presently" in American English

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presentlyadverb [not gradable]

 us   /ˈprez·ənt·li/
soon; not at this ​time but after a ​shorttime in the ​future: We will be ​leaving presently.
at this ​time: Three of the ten ​boats are presently being ​repaired.
(Definition of presently from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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