Meaning of “promptly” in the English Dictionary

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"promptly" in British English

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promptlyadverb

uk /ˈprɒmpt.li/ us /ˈprɑːmpt.li/

B2 quickly, without delay, or at the arranged time:

We'll have to leave fairly promptly (= on time) if we want to catch that train.
We try to answer readers' letters as promptly (= quickly) as we can.
She promised she'd keep it secret and promptly (= immediately after) went and told Dad!

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  • She came promptly on the dot of eleven.
  • The senator's weekend utterances were promptly rebutted by three of his colleagues on Monday.
  • The emergency services arrived promptly at the scene.

(Definition of “promptly” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"promptly" in Business English

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promptlyadverb

uk /ˈprɒmptli/ us

quickly, without delay, or at the arranged time:

start/finish promptly The meeting will start promptly at 9am.
The train left promptly at 8:06.

(Definition of “promptly” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)