Meaning of “presently” in the English Dictionary

"presently" in British English

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uk /ˈprez.ə us /ˈprez.ə

presently adverb (SOON)

old-fashioned soon; not at the present time but in the future, after a short time:

The room was hot and presently her eyes grew heavy and she began to feel sleepy.

(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 short time in the future:

We will be leaving presently.

presently adverb [ not gradable ] (NOW)

at this time:

Three of the ten boats are presently being repaired.

(Definition of “presently” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)