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Definitions for presently
ˈprɛz ənt lipresent·ly

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. soon, shortly, presently, before longadverb

    in the near future

    "the doctor will soon be here"; "the book will appear shortly"; "she will arrive presently"; "we should have news before long"

  2. presently, currentlyadverb

    at this time or period; now

    "he is presently our ambassador to the United Nations"; "currently they live in Connecticut"


  1. presentlyadverb

    Immediately, at once; quickly.

  2. presentlyadverb

    Before long; soon.

  3. presentlyadverb

    At the present time; now; currently.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Presentlyadverb

    Etymology: from present.

    The towns and forts you presently have, are still left unto you to be kept either with or without garrisons, so as you alter not the laws of the country. Philip Sidney.

    I hope we may presume, that a rare thing it is not in the church of God, even for that very word which is read to be presently their joy, and afterwards their study that hear it. Richard Hooker, b. v. s. 2.

    To speak of it as requireth, would require very long discourse; all I will presently say is this. Richard Hooker, b. i. s. 10.

    Covetous ambition, thinking all too little which presently it hath, supposeth itself to stand in need of all which it hath not. Walter Raleigh, Essays.

    Tell him, that no history can match his policies, and presently the sot shall measure himself by himself. South.


  1. presently

    Presently generally refers to "at the present or current point in time" or "in the very near future". However, it can be used in two different contexts based on regional English usages. In American English, it usually refers to something happening now, at this moment. While in British English, it often means 'soon' or 'in a little while'.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Presentlyadverb

    at present; at this time; now

  2. Presentlyadverb

    at once; without delay; forthwith; also, less definitely, soon; shortly; before long; after a little while; by and by

  3. Presentlyadverb

    with actual presence; actually

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of presently in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of presently in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of presently in a Sentence

  1. Coal Secretary Anil Swarup:

    They are presently in negotiations with people in South Africa, we imported around 80-90 million tonnes of coking coal last (fiscal) year and if that is the amount that can come through a mine owned by Coal India, it would consider it.

  2. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    Life is eating us up. We shall be fables presently. Keep cool it will be all one a hundred years hence.

  3. Mukut Singh:

    There is a lot of anger among farmers, we don't get even the minimum support price that is presently declared -- removing these protections and making it easier for corporates to enter will completely buy us out.

  4. Pope Francis:

    As Christians we wish to contribute to resolving the ecological crisis which humanity is presently experiencing.

  5. Chief Executive Officer Hunter Harrison:

    Presently this is kind of our last effort, the last thing we know to do and we hope it will work, if not we're going to go back and run our railroad.

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    the act of passing from one state or place to the next
    • A. apex
    • B. accessory
    • C. transition
    • D. aerial

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