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Definition of "timely" []

  • Occurring at a suitable or opportune time; well-timed. (adjective)
  • Archaic Coming too early; premature. (adjective)
  • In time; opportunely. (adverb)
  • Archaic Early; soon. (adverb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "timely" in a sentence
  • "The phrase "timely manner" still could mean that they paid interest on their Tiffany card."
  • "In one 2006 referral regarding SAC, NASD urged government regulators to probe what it called "timely trading" by SAC and two other hedge funds in shares of Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Inc."
  • "President Bush today promised to treat each and every proposal from the Iraq Study Group seriously and to act in what he called a timely fashion."