[ adverb ] for a short time
"he was at the airport shortly before she was expected to arrive"
Used in print(Ross E. McKinney and Howard Edde, "Aerated...)
Shortly after this study ended septic conditions resulted which required the addition of sodium_nitrate .(E. Lucas Myers, "The Vindication of Dr. Nestor,"...)
Shortly , the doctor himself entered , his hair somewhat wet from the shower , but evidently satisfied with the outcome of their adventures .
[ adverb ] 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"
Used in print(The Atlanta Constitution...)
The Georgia_Legislature will wind_up its 1961 session Monday and head for home - where some of the highway bond money it approved will follow shortly .
[ adverb ] at a short distance
"the hem fell shortly below her knees"