Meaning of “shortly” in the English Dictionary

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"shortly" in British English

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uk /ˈʃɔː us /ˈʃɔː

B2 soon:

We will shortly be arriving in King's Cross Station.
shortly after/before sth

B1 a short time after or before something:

Shortly after you left, a man came into the office looking for you.

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  • It was Johansson who scored the all-important goal shortly before half-time.
  • The text is currently being emended and will be published shortly.
  • The police evacuated the village shortly before the explosion.
  • Excuse me a moment, I'll be with you shortly.
  • She became ill shortly after inhaling the fumes.

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

"shortly" in American English

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shortlyadverb [ not gradable ]

us /ˈʃɔrt·li/


Shortly after you left the office, your wife called.
We will be landing shortly.

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