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Princeton's WordNet

  1. swiftly, fleetlyadverb

    in a swift manner

    "she moved swiftly"


  1. swiftlyadverb

    In a swift manner; quickly; with quick motion or velocity; fleetly

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Swiftlyadverb

    Fleetly; rapidly; nimbly; with celerity; with velocity.

    Etymology: from swift.

    These move swiftly, and at great distance; but then they require a medium well disposed, and their transmission is easily stopped. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    Pleas’d with the passage, we slide swiftly on,
    And see the dangers which we cannot shun. Dryden.

    In decent order they advance to light;
    Yet then too swiftly fleet by human sight,
    And meditate too soon their everlasting flight. Matthew Prior.


  1. swiftly

    Swiftly is an adverb that means to do something quickly, promptly, speedily, or without delay. It implies rapid or efficient movement or action.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Swiftlyadverb

    in a swift manner; with quick motion or velocity; fleetly

British National Corpus

  1. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'swiftly' in Adverbs Frequency: #392

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of swiftly in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of swiftly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of swiftly in a Sentence

  1. Colonel Aggrey Quarshie:

    The Ghana Navy responded swiftly with a patrol team to the area and they were able to overpower the pirates and free the ship. But when they got there, the cargo had already been transferred to another vessel.

  2. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:

    I shot an arrow into the air, It fell to earth, I knew not where; For so swiftly it flew, the sight Could not follow it in its flight. I breathed a song into the air, It fell to earth, I knew not where; For, who has sight so keen and strong That it can follow the flight of song? Long, long afterward, in an oak I found the arrow, still unbroken; And the song, from beginning to end, I found again in the heart of a friend.

  3. Ron DeSantis:

    I applaud the president for raising this issue and I think if he moves swiftly on it, I think you’d see a lot of these members and senators would want to work to repeal ObamaCare very quickly.

  4. Ginette Hemley:

    Ginette Hemley, senior vice president of wildlife conservation for the World Wildlife Fund, said in a statement. As governments like South Africa continue to ramp up efforts to stop wildlife poaching, these numbers remind us of the urgency to swiftly address this crisis across all fronts, although South Africa remains the epicenter for the rhino poaching epidemic, criminal networks appear to be expanding their reach across the region, and the problem is ultimately rooted in demand for rhino horn in Asia, most notably in Vietnam.

  5. Tina Verma:

    I shudder at the thought of what was done to her, this is a barbaric crime and must be dealt with swiftly.

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