What does timely mean?

Definitions for timely
ˈtaɪm litime·ly

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. timelyadjective

    before a time limit expires

    "the timely filing of his income tax return"

  2. timely, seasonable, well-timed(a), well timed(p)adverb

    done or happening at the appropriate or proper time

    "a timely warning"; "with timely treatment the patient has a good chance of recovery"; "a seasonable time for discussion"; "the book's publication was well timed"

  3. seasonably, timely, well-timed, aproposadverb

    at an opportune time

    "your letter arrived apropos"


  1. timelyadverb

    In good time; early, quickly.

  2. timelyadverb

    At the right time; seasonably.

  3. timelyadjective

    Done at the proper time.

  4. timelyadjective

    Happening or appearing at the proper time.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Timelyadjective

    Seasonable; sufficiently early.

    Etymology: from time.

    The West glimmers with some streaks of day,
    Now spurs the lated traveller apace
    To gain the timely inn. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Happy were I in my timely death;
    Could all my travels warrant me they live. William Shakespeare.

    Lest heat should hinder us, his timely care
    Hath unbesought provided. John Milton.

    I’ll to my charge,
    And show my duty by my timely care. Dryden.

  2. Timelyadverb

    Early; soon.

    Etymology: from time.

    The beds i’ th’ East are soft, and thanks to you,
    That call’d me timelier than my purpose hither. William Shakespeare.

    Sent to forewarn
    Us timely of what else might be our loss. John Milton.

    Timely advis’d, the coming evil shun;
    Better not do the deed, than weep it done. Matthew Prior.


  1. timely

    Punctuality is the characteristic of being able to complete a required task or fulfill an obligation before or at a previously designated time. "Punctual" is often used synonymously with "on time". An opposite personality trait is tardiness. According to each culture, there is often an understanding about what is considered an acceptable degree of punctuality. Usually, a small amount of lateness is acceptable; this is commonly about five to ten minutes in most Western cultures, but this is not the case in such instances as doctor's appointments.Some cultures have an unspoken understanding that actual deadlines are different from stated deadlines, for example with African time. For example, it may be understood in a particular culture that people will turn up an hour later than advertised. In this case, since everyone understands that a 9 pm party will actually start at around 10 pm, no-one is inconvenienced when everyone arrives at 10 pm.In cultures that value punctuality, being late is seen as disrespectful of others' time and may be considered insulting. In such cases, punctuality may be enforced by social penalties, for example by excluding low-status latecomers from meetings entirely. Such considerations can lead on to considering the value of punctuality in econometrics and to considering the effects of non-punctuality on others in queueing theory.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Timely

    being or occurring in good time; sufficiently early; seasonable

  2. Timely

    keeping time or measure

  3. Timelyadverb

    early; soon; in good season

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of timely in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of timely in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of timely in a Sentence

  1. Johannes Teyssen:

    I think a timely intervention usually is the cheaper one, more reliable, more consistent for investors than ... waiting until it's almost dead and then interfering at the last minute.

  2. Mike Rounds:

    Nobody is out looking for confrontations, what we are looking for is to be able to provide good information in a timely fashion, but to be seen as being responsible and being honest. I think that's what the American people deserve. And I think that's what many of us want to do. We're not looking to fight. What we're looking is, is to say here are the facts, and they're not going to change.

  3. Jay Wallace:

    Our 2017 tests with the AP and NORC, show we’ve created a state-of-the-art tool for understanding the actions and attitudes of all Americans on Election Day, by combining poll data with timely information on registered voters and actual vote results — the Fox News Voter Analysis will provide the best possible report on American elections. Most important, we will provide in-depth coverage of every statewide election in 2018 and 2020, which will be particularly valuable as we expand our digital coverage.

  4. Arthur Brouwer:

    Some of the customers can change what they like or they delay decisions sometimes in a way that can't help them be timely, like adding an elevator will impact the central weight of the ship, so we have to do all the calculations and it might impact the performance of the ship.

  5. Zora Neale Hurston:

    I want a busy life, a just mind, and a timely death.

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